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In its 12th edition this year, the annual charity bicycle ride H2H, organized fully by volunteers, raised US$18,308 to provide access to education and services for underprivileged children in Vietnam. The donation comes at a much-needed time as Vietnam is going through the biggest outbreak of COVID-19 ever and many children are suffering from hunger, education loss, and mental health risks.
Instead of the usual month-long ride that made the name of H2H, this year, with the uncertainties of COVID-19, the H2H team tackled a shorter but more intensive ride. Taking place from 25th – 29th April, the ride began in Pleiku in the central highlands and finished at Quy Nhon on the coast. The five-day route covers 350km of epic cycling including 30% off-road, with the added challenge of heat, hills, and mountain trails to motivate the adventurous riders.
“H2H 2021 took all the magic of the usual one-month ride and squeezed it into five glorious days in the highlands. The stunning scenery, the cultural richness, the physical challenge, and the team spirit were all in evidence and the unifying goal remained the children and charities we ride for. An amazing experience!” reflected team member Chris Rolls.
On top of the cycling challenge, the H2H team worked tirelessly on fundraising. While the majority of donations came from each rider’s peer-to-peer fundraising, the team also partnered with cash sponsors such as DHL, DYMAX, AEG, and PSBC, as well as organizing community fundraising events before and after the main ride.
“The work that the H2H team does is incredibly admirable. Being 100% volunteers, they devote a significant amount of their time and energy to raise funds for children in Vietnam without asking for anything back. For an organization like us, this source of income is valuable as it allows us to better plan our finances and sustains our mission of providing better access to education for underprivileged children across Vietnam,” said Damien Roberts, Executive Director of Saigon Children’s Charity, H2H’s lead charity partner.
H2H Ride for Vietnam (www.h2h.team) was started in 2009 by a group of ex-pats who wanted to give back to the local community whilst exploring the country by bicycle. The ride usually covers 2,000km from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City each April. Over its 12 years, H2H volunteers have raised nearly US$450,000 to help disadvantaged children in Vietnam.
H2H riders cover their own ride expenses and 100% of donations go to four local charities: Saigon Children’s Charity, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, Live & Give, and ILA Community Network. These charities improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Vietnam through providing better access to education, fighting human trafficking, or providing safe shelter and in addition this year responding to the impact of the Coronavirus. H2H 2021 was proudly sponsored by the following corporate partners: DYMAX, DHL, AEG Vietnam, Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Nutrition Depot, and Mr. Biker Saigon.
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