Hope for Justice – Extreme Challenge Vietnam
It’s now less than 2 weeks before I head away on my next physical challenge. I will be heading to Cambodia on the 27th of this month as part of a team of 18 riders who are going on an extreme challenge, riding from Phnom Penh in Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. What’s the reason for this madness?
The ride is in support of Hope for Justice (Website); a charity that is fighting back against modern slavery and human trafficking. Based out of Manchester, over the last 10 years they have established a world wide network that looks not only to rescue people out of slavery but also help government, local law enforcement agencies and social work to change policy, identify the signs of trafficking and slavery as well as work with corporate entities to remove slavery from the supply chain. As recently as yesterday (BBC News article) you will of read of people being rescued out of trafficking and the issue is much more prevalent than we would like to believe and it is not just focussed in places like Vietnam. The youngest person that Hope for Justice has rescued from slavery in the sex industry is just three years old.
Hope for Justice have already established an amazing set up in Cambodia (Video – The Lighthouse Project) which they intend to be a template for other locations around the world. This ride is raising the funds necessary to establish a similar base in neighbouring Vietnam. So after arriving in Cambodia on the 27th we will see The Lighthouse project in Cambodia and then ride over the course of 5 days to Ho Chi Minh City; a distance of about 377km in temperatures well over 30 degrees and a humidity of greater than 80%. Please explore the Hope for Justice website as it has loads of information on what they do to change lives. Importantly though I would love it if you would sponsor me; I have a target of £10k to raise of which at the time of writing I am 98% of the way there. I would love to smash this and really help to make a difference. You can find my giving page here … SPONSOR ME – CLICK HERE!
Thanks for reading this and for any support you can give. I hope to be posting updates as the trip progressing on most forms of social media and here on the blog.