About the ride

In 2019, 28 individuals from the real estate industry raised over $220,000 for Hands Across the Water through the Digital Live training program and inaugural charity bike ride. The funds from this program will provide kids with an opportunity of choice through education, in addition to future opportunities when it comes time for our kids to leave our homes.

In 2020, Steve Carroll will not only be expanding Digital Live across the country, but he has committed to expanding the bike ride to not one but two 500km rides through Thailand to raise $500,000 to support this initiative. The ride is set to go bigger and better in 2020 with interest from the UK and NZ real estate businesses looking to join this incredible shared experience. Anyone and everyone from across the real estate sector is invited to join us. This is not a franchise exclusive ride. This is an industry ride. A place for the industry to come together as one and make a difference in the lives of those are that less fortunate while making a difference in their own lives.

There will be two options to ride with the Digital Live Team in 2020. The Mekong Ride starts in Bueng Khan in Thailand’s North-East. You’ll follow the incredibly bio-diverse Mekong River before heading west through villages and rural communities not often visited by foreigners. Following a well-deserved rest day in the middle, you’ll ride into one of our homes, Home Hug in Yasothon to be greeted excitedly by the children you have worked so hard to support.

The Coastal Ride will take you down the east coast beside the gulf of Thailand. You will cycle through resort towns such as Hua Hin and Khiri Khan before crossing the mountains that divide the east and west. From there it’s a short trip to Khao Lak where the children from our Baan Tharn Namchai home will be waiting excitedly to greet you and show you exactly how important your fundraised dollars are – not just for sustaining them, but for deeply enriching their lives.

If you like the sound of both rides and are up for the challenge of cycling 1,000km in 10 days, then there is no greater challenge or reward than completing the Ultimate Ride. This is no mean feat but if you can ride 100km in a day, you can ride 1,000km in 10 days. You’ll recoup for three days in-between rides as well as a rest day in the middle of each ride.

  

Where will the funds go?

We recognise that the future is not just in obtaining a degree. What if we can provide our kids with skills based training that gives them access to real people, real jobs, and experiential learning. What if we can then provide those kids with a stepping stone to starting a business in their own community or employment through a Hands run organisation in Thailand. A place where their skills matter. A place where the results on a medical certificate don’t determine their future. A place where there is equal pay and good working conditions.

When we look at the future of work, we are bombarded with talk of robots, AI, and offshore support. We know that there is digital isolation in regional areas and that there is a gap to fill around technological skills that will help our kids navigate work in later years. With the funds raised from Digital Live, and the support of some tech partners on the ground in Thailand, the vision is to create a Computer Programming Traineeship that will be run out of a dedicated Learning Centre at Home Hug.

The Digital Live Learning Centre will teach kids to code so they can move into programming roles in the future. Down the track our vision is to move this operation to a commercial business that can provide offshore programming and development. This not only provides our kids with an opportunity for training and employment, without the weight of their health hanging on their shoulders, but again it will provide sustainable income back into our homes.

  


  


  


  

Inclusions

 

9 Nights Accommodation (Mekong/Coastal), 17 Nights Accommodation (Ultimate)

Mekong Ride:  26th February - 5th March inclusive

Coastal Ride:  5th March - 13th March inclusive

Ultimate Ride:  26th February - 13th March inclusive

Hotels will be modest in their offering and often in remote areas. WiFi is not always available however majority of the hotels do have WiFi services.

  

Hybrid Bike

You will be riding a hybrid bike which is a flat bar bicycle with tyres that are thinner than a mountain bike and thicker than a road bike.

You will have options to bring your own seats, seat covers, pedals and cleats and we will provide more information about this closer to the event

  

Meals and Ground Transfers

All meals excluding lunch on the rest day and the DIAKRIT Experience Day are covered in your registration. Our cycling provider takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner on the rides and provides plenty of sustenance throughout the day at the water stops. You definitely don’t go hungry on the ride!

Ground transfers between domestic flights are covered in your registration. You will be responsible for arranging your own airport transfer when you arrive into Thailand from Australia.

  

Custom Cycling Kit

Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey. You will have the opportunity to order matching knicks and additional kit if you choose. Alternatively you can bring your favourite pair of cycling knicks and they will suffice. Our kit comes from our great friends at Ollo and you won’t be disappointed.

  

Travel Bag and Team Shirt

You will receive a Hands Across the Water travel bag for the trip. You will be required to use this bag on the trip for your main luggage. There is plenty of room in the bag for the tour and additional clothing you might want to bring for holidays pre or post the ride. You will also receive a Hands Across the Water team polo shirt.

  

Support crew and bike mechanics

We only work with the best and you will get to meet some of the nicest Thai people and support crew that you will have ever met. Nothing is too much trouble as long as you bring your manners. Our bike mechanics keep everything running tip top during your tour in Thailand.

  

Individual Fundraising Profile

Once you have registered and paid your $500 deposit ($750 for Ultimate Ride), you will receive a link to your personal fundraising page. You can update this page with your story and share your unique link to start raising funds. The team at Hands are here to support you with ideas so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  

Training Program

You will receive a training program that will help prep you for your 500km or 1000km journey. The key to your training will be time in the saddle as opposed to km’s ridden so even if the weather turns poor, you can get to the local gym or spin class to clock up your hours on the bike.

  

Dedicated ride coordinator

We have a team of people to help you through your journey but importantly there is a dedicated ride coordinator who is there to answer any questions about the ride and arrange any additional activities you might need to organise for your experience. We’re here to help so just ask!

  

Ride Communications

We’ll send you a rider information pack upon registration to get you on your way. You will also receive regular rider newsletters and invitations to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to support other riders and ask questions in a safe community.

  

Download Ride Itinerary

Download Mekong Travel Guide

Download Coastal Travel Guide

       


  

Cost and Payment Schedule 

Tour Cost

Mekong - AU$3,395

Coastal - AU$3,595

Ultimate - AU$5,695

Payment Schedule

$500 deposit upon registration - secure your spot today!

$1,000 due 30th August 2019

Balance due 30th November 2019

Please complete the credit card authorisation form so that payments can be deducted as per the payment schedule. 

Single supplement available upon request. Cost for single share is $4,135 for Mekong, $4,335 for Coastal, and $6,995 for Ultimate . Please email [email protected] to make arrangements.

 

Fill out Credit Card Authorisation Form

  

Fundraising Requirement

To participate, you will need to raise a minimum fundraising amount outlined below. Don’t worry – we will help you find your fundraising feet. Don't forget to check out our useful fundraising resources page.

Mekong - AU$5,000

Coastal - AU$5,000

Ultimate - AU$10,000

   


Donate to the Digital Live Ride

You can support the team from Digital Live by donating to their appeal here.

With the funds raised from Digital Live, and the support of some tech partners on the ground in Thailand, the vision is to create a Computer Programming Traineeship that will be run out of a dedicated Learning Centre at Home Hug.

The Digital Live Learning Centre will teach kids to code so they can move into programming roles in the future. Down the track our vision is to move this operation to a commercial business that can provide offshore programming and development. This not only provides our kids with an opportunity for training and employment, without the weight of their health hanging on their shoulders, but again it will provide sustainable income back into our homes.

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