About the ride

In 2020, 61 individuals from the real estate industry raised over $500k for Hands Across the Water through the Digital Live training program and second annual 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.

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.

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.

  

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.

 


  


  


Itinerary

 

11th March -Arrival in Bangkok

12th March - Digital Live Conference @ DIAKRIT and then slums tour in afternoon. Welcome Dinner in the evening.

13th March - Travel to Udon Thani

14th March - Start Ride

16th March - REST DAY

19th March - Finish at Home Hug

20th March - Travel Home

 


  

 

Inclusions

 

9 Nights Accommodation

Mekong Ride:  11th March - 20th March 

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, bib and gloves. You will have the opportunity to order additional kit if you choose. You can bring your favourite pair of cycling knicks as a backup but out of respect for the sponsors we please ask riders to wear the supplied riding kit.

  

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 training shirt to wear in the lead up to the ride.

  

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 $995 deposit , 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 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.

 

       


  

Cost and Payment Schedule 

Tour Cost

Mekong Ride - AU$3,495

Payment Schedule

Secure your spot today!

$995 Registration Deposit - Immediately

$500 Installment Payment - 10th June 2020

$500 Installment Payment - 10th August 2020

$500 Installment Payment - 10th October 2020

$500 Installment Payment - 10th December 2020

$500 Installment Payment - 10th January 2021

 

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 $4,490 for Mekong. If you do have trouble sleeping or know that you are a loud snorer, we ask that out of courtesy to other riders, you book a single supplement.

Please email [email protected] to make arrangements or ask questions. 

 

Fill out Credit Card Authorisation Form

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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.

AU$5,000

   

 


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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