It all started as a crazy idea a little over 2 years ago - cycle across Cambodia to fundraise for the organisations we had been supporting for the past 8 years and raise awareness on human trafficking. Just look what happens when a dream partnered with faith, collides with an opportunity! Kerrie Moran & Amy Heague could never have imagined what was in store.
Amy Heague explains: "Kerrie and I were talking about our favourite topic - Cambodia and the organisations over there that we have been supporting for some time and how it would be great to do something just a little bit crazy and fun as a fundraiser. The idea to cycle across the country got tossed into the conversation and we haven’t looked back. At first it was just going to be the two of us, more and more people asked if they could join us – eventually 19 women from across NSW joined with us. Neither of us had ever ridden professionally, in fact we both only just recently purchased bikes. Not only did we want to raise much needed funds for the organisations we support, we wanted to do something that would be an adventure of a lifetime for those who joined us, something that would be fun and at the same time raise awareness on human trafficking in our local community.
Despite the overwhelming statistics, we wanted our team of riders and all the people who were so generously supporting us to feel like there is hope in the gravity of the situation. The organisations that we are supporting do amazing work with the local Khmer people empowering them to make positive changes in their lives and communities which goes a long way to addressing the risk factors that lead to trafficking.
You won’t find much lycra amongst our team, you were more likely to find handlebar ribbons and spokey dokies. Most of our training sessions involved an equal amount of coffee drinking and laughing with the occasional not so leisurely ride or spin class. What you did find is 21 dedicated women from across NSW united in their desire to make a real change in the lives of the Cambodian people – especially the young girls who have been rescued from trafficking. We were serious about our ride, we were serious about our ‘Fun’draising and even more serious about supporting the cause – to break the cycle of human trafficking."
Our final fundraising tally for Cycle 4 Cambodia 2013 was $33,061.24!! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our family, friends, local businesses and compassionate strangers who joined with the Cycle4Cambodia team to fundraise towards the cause.
The beautiful team of ladies who joined us on this adventure of a life time worked tirelessly on fundraising & spreading the word. They sacrificed personally of their own time & finances, some of them left their kids for the first time ever, and not once did they baulk at the challenges & realities we faced on the ground in Cambodia.