The most important celebration of the year is approaching in Vietnam and in Vietnam Bike Tours we celebrate it with a combination of four of our favorite things: cycling, charity and party. The first party happens tonight, for the staff of Vietnam Bike Tours to celebrate the end of a wonderful year and all the good things to come next, with a lot of new projects to make the company bigger and better.
And on Sunday, the usual Sunday Bike Ride will be very special, since some our members will participate in the Cannondale Urban Challenge in Ho Chi Minh City. The groups (teams of 3) who took the time to register will meet as usual at 6:30 at the roundabout in front of Ben Thanh Market and from there go to the race start at 348-350 Tran Phu Street, Ward 7, District 5 . According to the description on Cannondale website, there will be several stations around the city where the participants will have to ride as fast as possible. Once there, they have to complete some tasks and then cycle as quickly as possible to the next stop. The speed on a bike will be important, but also the team spirit and the ability to perform different kinds of tasks under pressure. The team who gets to the last station first will be the winner. And although participation is free, the winners will be awarded with a cash prize of 1.5 million dong. The second prize is 900,000 VND and the third is a 300,000 voucher. After the event we will all cycle to district 12 to do some charity. Both Sunday Bike Ride members who participated and those who didn’t this time are invited to the New Year End celebration that same night (venue not yet decided) and it seems like it’s going to be fun.
During the celebration, Vietnam Bike Tours chairman, Ngo Tron Huy, will want to thank everyone and he will surely talk about his amazing plans to cycle from February 2 to February 12 the 1,300 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to Quang Tri province, in central Vietnam, where his wife, Bui Thi Kim Anh, is from. If the challenge didn’t seem tough enough, they bring their 1,5 year-old daughter Ngo Thien Di. It seems like it’s going to be an amazing adventure, and it will surely make the family life exciting, but that’s not the only purpose of the trip. As we often do in Vietnam Bike Tours, this adventure will also have a charity purpose: give life vest to children from Quang Tri. It is one of the unknown problems of Vietnam, but hundreds of Vietnamese children who live in the countryside die from drowning every year. Many of them have to walk to school and during the rainy season they have to cross some creeks or rivers. Despite the efforts by some government agencies and NGO’s, most of them can’t swim, that’s why we want to give them these life vests. It’s a little effort, 150.000 dong per life vest, and it can save lives.
Those who want to contribute, can do a bank transfer to the account 007-1000-608-534(VND) from VietcomBank in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Or you contact Nhật Bảo 01214514250 for help. Any help, no matter how small, will be meaningful.