Noelene Swain

I've committed to ride 500km in March 2020 to help kids in need. You might like to help me.

I tackled this charity ride in 2018 as my mid life 'crisis', with my kids finished school and feeling ready to embrace a challenge outside my comfort zone. It proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in my life. It has left a lingering desire to continue to help children alone and homeless - without family and friends -through desperate circumstances. So I'm back on the bike to again support the work of Hands Across the Water.

Hands Across the Water (HATW) is an Australian charity established by Peter Baines (OAM) to support Thai kids who were orphaned by the 2004 Tsunami. Today it supports 350+ children living in 7 homes and projects across Thailand. It provides a safe, caring and educational environment; empowering them to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

The charity started out addressing the needs of kids who didn't have homes or access to food, clothing and medicine. As the kids have grown and matured, the focus has shifted to education and future employment opportunities.

I heard Peter Baines speak at a conference and was touched by the amazing work he is leading. To support this charity, I have committed to ride 500km across Thailand in March 2020 in 40+ degree humidity to raise $5,000 to support these special kids.

This charity ride is way out of my comfort zone yet a goal that I'm embracing knowing I have the support of a committed groups of riders and supports!

I started training in November. It was a slow and steady pace - which will require extensive effort to build to the challenge of over 100km daily for 5 day. With another 4 months training I believe that I will actually be able to do this.

So, I would love your support and encouragement for my crazy goal. If you feel inclined to help with a donation - a little cash from a number of people goes a LONG way in Thailand

All funds raised go to providing shelter, food and education for the kids. Nothing goes to administration.

We pay our own airfares, accommodation and expenses for the ride.

100% of donations go straight to Hands Across the Water projects to help the kids - not one cent is spent on administration and marketing.

Thanks to all the family and friends who have been so amazingly encouraging that I really can do this!

Noelene Swain