Kia ora all
I just wanted to say a quick, heartfelt thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement for the fundraiser ride on Saturday.
With your support I am almost at my goal of $3,000. This is all going to a great cause to see women and children set free from human trafficking and sex slavery.
I knew the ride was going to be hard physically, but it was mentally tough towards the end and I had to keep reminding myself of the “why”. I started at 1:22am in the dark and finished 17 hours later at 6:30pm. I rode the equivalent of the vertical height from sea level to over the top of Mt Everest and back. It was 9,114 vertical metres of climbing (26 climbs up to the wind turbine) and 226 km distance. I’ve discovered aches and pains I didn’t know cycling could generate. So if you see me with a glazed look I’m still recovering. The photo is of my last climb with a very tired fist pump. Massive kudos to Phil Stevens and Barclay Anstiss, also here at the Ministry, who rode some of the day too.
For those who still want to get behind this it’s not too late https://fundraise.tearfund.org.nz/s/65/74/e
Change of plan...upping the challenge!
Ok, change of plan. I am going to attempt the Everesting Challenge as an individual rider. On 16 March, I will be riding up to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine the number of times to equal the height of Mt Everest (8,848m). That is roughly the altitude that commercial aircraft fly at. To be honest I am not even sure I can do it. I reckon it will take me about 16 hours, 8 litres of water, more bananas than a monkey can eat in a day, and a massive amount of encouragement from friends and family.
I’m riding this because I feel strongly about raising money to fight sex trafficking. Two years ago I sat with the national director of a Tearfund partner organisation working to bring young girls out of sex slavery. His stories inspired me, that the money we raise makes a difference. He spoke of raiding brothels, rescuing girls, helping them recover physically, and then the even longer process of helping them recover their lives and wellbeing. I particularly remember the story of a girl that was sold by a relative promising a “good job”. The girl, once trapped, believed she could never escape because of what the traffickers might do to her family. Tearfund’s partner rescued her and prosecuted the brothel owners. It made a difference that we had helped her, and others like her, find hope and a future.
Now, two years since my last effort for this cause, I am going to have a go at this new challenge.
It is coming up soon, please encourage me by giving to this great cause.
Here is the link to my sponsorship page https://fundraise.tearfund.org.nz/s/65/74/e
Thanks in advance for being part of the team
Why I'm getting involved
I'm excited about putting my passion for cycling together with my passion to do something positive for women and children caught in human trafficking.
Two years ago I rode in the Tour Of New Zealand and together with you we raised over $44,000 to fight human trafficking. Those precious funds were put to good work to help precious girls.
Some of the highlights of our partner organisation LIFT'S recent work are:
- Victoria Secret is the name of a brothel in Thailand. The case started with a tip-off that a 12 year old girl had been trafficked. The ensuing raid saw 15 under age trafficking victims freed and 10 offenders arrested. This case also highlighted the issue of corruption as a bribe book was found showing approx. $1.3M NZD had been paid out either as bribes or services of girls every month to silence police. This intel led to a domino effect that closed three more brothels.
- Last year there was also an unprecedented compensation claim for a survivor. The young victim was just 14 years old and became pregnant during the course of her abuse; the compensation of 3.8 million THB will allow her to take good care of her baby.
There are many more stories like these and we are glad to use our resources to help bring education and freedom to those trapped in human trafficking.
Thank you for partnering with me in this!
Cycling up Mt Everest for Freedom! March 16th
We're joining the Tearfund Poverty Cycle challenge to help combat human trafficking.
On 16 March we're taking on the challenge of cycling up the equivalent of Mt Everest! It's an 8,848m climb to the top of Mt Everest, which equates to 25 climbs up to the Wellington Wind Turbine.
As a team, between us we will ride up at least one Mt Everest, maybe more! It's going to be difficult but it's worth it for those on the frontline working tirelessly to bring freedom to victims while taking down the traffickers in court.
Please help by sponsoring us. We're hoping to raise one dollar per metre climbed. Choose what distance you can support, and remember, this is more than just a donation. Every dollar you give helps to bring freedom to vulnerable children trapped in slavery. Your donation and what it represents will hugely help us as we take on this beast of a challenge.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Tony And Jennifer Clark
Chris And Gabi