We are thrilled to introduce a new Ride to Provide riding route in 2023 with a brand new scenic coastal ride through the Gulf of Thailand.
At Hands we work on the principle that supporting charity should be good for you, not just those receiving the money. Personally benefiting from your involvement in charity is not just a good thing it’s so often delivers profound experiences that deliver impact which will last a lifetime.
You may need the fitness. You may need the challenge. You may be looking for a way to give back.
You may need to take some solace from the world as you know it, create some distance to bring greater clarity.
Whatever it is, this experience will be an upgrade to your life and to the lives of others.
Every year the money raised from our annual Ride to Provide experience provides critical funding to the operations of the seven homes Hands supports across Thailand, housing over 350 kids.
The monies entrusted to Hands are used to bring about change and provide the life saving necessities for the kids in our homes and importantly it supports many families in an outreach program keeping kids out of our homes. We know the best place for kids when all things are equal is in a family. When that doesn’t exist we provide a home for those kids, which really is just one big family.
Will YOU join us in 2023?
Bangkok to Chanthaburi
3rd January, 2023 - 13th January, 2023
800km in 8 days
Travel to Bangkok.
You will be responsible for your own flights and transfers to the hotel from the airport.
Accommodation: Novotel Sukhumvit 20
Day 1 of Ride - Bangkok to Bang Saen (93 km)
Day 2 of Ride - Bang Saen to Pattaya - Countryside (115km)
Day 3 of Ride - Pattaya to Koh Samet (110 km)
Day 4 of Ride - Koh Samet to Had Chao Lao (68 km)
Day 5 of Ride - Had Chao Lao to Laem Sing (110 km)
Day 6 of Ride - Laem Sing to Chanthaburi City (88 km)
Day 7 of Ride - Chanthaburi City to Trat City (117 km)
Day 8 of Ride
Today we will ride into PAMA House where you will meet the kids that you have been training and fundraising hard to support. We will enjoy a celebration dinner with them before heading back to Bangkok the following day
Trat City to PAMA House in Chanthaburi (89 km)
Today we will get a bus transfer back to Bangkok. We will leave fairly early in the morning so that you can be back in town in time for the International flights back home. These typically commence from 5pm.
What Previous Riders Say
The annual Ride to Provide experience is consistently ranked 10/10 by all our riders year after year! More often than not the experience exceeds our riders expectations. It's this amazing feedback which drives us at Hands to continue to deliver amazing shared experiences which deliver benefit to both the riders and their communities and the children in our homes.
"Absolutely Phenomenal!" Erin.
"It's an absolutely brilliant experience that pushes you both physically and mentally and makes you grow in so many ways!" Jenny T.
"After speaking with a number of previous riders my expectations were high but the ride exceeded my expectations." Steven F.
"Best experience of my life, so well organised and what a great cause." Doug
"Without a doubt the most amazing thing I have ever experienced." Melissa J
"Deciding to ride and raise the $10k is without doubt one of the best decisions I have made in my life!" Micheal P.
Fees and Fundraising
10 Nights Twin Share Accommodation
3rd – 12th of January 2023 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.
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.
All meals excluding lunch on the rest day are covered in your registration. Our team on the ground takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner on the rides and provides plenty of sustenance throughout the day at the water stops.
Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey, bibs and gloves. You will have the opportunity to order additional kit if you choose. You will receive a sizing chart in coming months to help you order the right size kit for the tour.
Travel Bag and
You will receive a Hands Across the Water travel bag for the trip. 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. If you would like to purchase some luggage inserts to keep your clothes organised you can do so here. You will also receive a Ride to Provide t-shirt to wear during the trip and training shirt pre-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.
Once you have registered and paid your $500 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.
You will receive a training program that will help prep you for your 800km 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. We also have a great series of videos if you are new to cycling or looking for some additional training tips.
TOUR COST: AU$3,695
Peace of Mind Booking Policy
It’s safe to say, COVID-19 is keeping us all on our toes. You can register for a Hands experience with confidence with our peace of mind booking policy. If you’re feeling a bit uncertain about travel because of current restrictions, we have found a way for you to start planning your next experience with us.
For all registrations we’re offering:
- Full refund if the ride is CANCELLED due to COVID-19
- Fee-FREE transfer options will be provided if a ride is POSTPONED due to COVID-19
Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of AU$10,000
Fundraising can be done via
Your own fundraising page
Selling or purchasing one of the sponsorship packages
A personal donation
Holding your own event
Selling raffle tickets
What is the Cost ?
The tour cost is $3,695 and you will need to arrange your own international flights to and from Bangkok, Thailand. To register you will either pay in full or can choose to opt into regular monthly payments.
There will be a $500 non refundable deposit as part of the initial payment that will be forfeited should you cancel your place on the ride.
What happens if the event is cancelled due to coronavirus?
In the event of the ride being cancelled due to COVID-19, a full refund will be issued or the credit can be transferred to a future ride.
If the event is postponed due to COVID-19 any funds paid will be transferred to the new date or a different Hands experience.
In the event that a participant chooses not to particpiate in the ride experience that is still going ahead due to coronavirus concerns will be treated as a 'change of mind' therefore cancellation. The non refundable $500 deposit will be forfeited and any balance funds will be carried over to a future ride or Hands Experience.
Is Fundraising Compulsory ?
Yes. By fundraising a minimum of $10,000 for your ride experience, you will provide 350 children in our care with access to basic necessities, healthcare and education. Importantly, you are providing them with a life of choice.
What is the best way to start my fundraising?
Getting started can be a bit daunting at first; we always say the first $1,000 is the hardest and then it gets easier. Below are our top 3 tips to get your fundraising dial off zero:
- Your online fundraising page is the most simple and effective way to kick start your fundraising. Update your page with your profile image, a story about why you are fundraising and share directly from your page to kick start those dollars coming in.
- Make a personal donation to your fundraising page. This can help set the tone for your supporters and show your commitment to your experience.
- Download our fundraising guide that includes tips and tricks for planning events, auctions and raffles to help you raise your funds.
If you need support please reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
So... are you up for the challenge?
With places strictly limited, this amazing once in a lifetime experience is not to be missed.
Secure your place today via deposit using the checkout below. You'll be talking about this experience for years to come!