Ride for Baan Dada Orphanage Education Fund (Thailand)

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  • Last year some of us joined the Thais where we cycled for 3 days and covering more than 360 km from Bangkok to Sangkhlaburi in the western rugged Kanchanaburi province which borders between Myanmar and Thailand. This is where Baan Dada Children's Home is located. We were greeted by some of the children on the last leg of our journey and together, we tackled the last mountain to reach the home on a high. It was a private fund raising trip by some of us in Singapore joined by our friends & supporters in Thailand. These children are mostly from Myanmar forced out by poverty and political repression. Many of them are orphans and as refugees, they do not enjoy privileges and benefits like the locals do. Baan Dada Children’s Home and Community Services is a project of the Neohumanist Foundation (refer to this link,http://baandada.org/). The person in-charge of the home is Dada (brother in Sanskrit) Rama who actually hails from the Philippines. Dada Rama is personally taking care of the children, providing vocational and education training for them and at the same time, raise much needed fund from organising a series of events to keep them going. It has never been easy for Dada Rama but he just presses on. Just last year, Dada Rama did a solo ride on his bicycle from Sangkhlaburi to Singapore in bid to raise much needed fund for some of his children going to university. I have taken the initiative to volunteer this year to raise funds for children’s education where we will be cycling from Baan dada home to Chaam Beach. We need to cycle about 430 Kms in a span of 4 days. We will be ridind in the day time and each day to cover about 100 KM. Lunch, Dinner and accommodation on twin sharing basis is included in the cost.

    There is a mark-up of S$150 to the cost and all the proceed will be given to Baan Dada Home as part of our donation to them. I have targeted for 20 persons for this trip. There will be a lorry and 2 vans will be following us as a back up or supported. Anybody who are unwell or couldn’t cycle can rest in the van.

    Eligible

    Should be able to cycle at least 60 Km in 3 hours as we need to cover 100 KM in a day.

    Competent cyclist as first day is uphill

    Route

    Good road but First day lot uphill followed by flat road

    Therefore, the estimated cost including the S$150 mark-up and any excess amount will also be donated to BAAN Dada home and total cost is about S$729 per pax which includes the following and cost break down as follows

    Total Cost Per Person for cycling

    329

    Thai Airways Airfare

    250

    Donation to Baan Dada

    150

    Total Cost

    729

    Total Cost includes – Airfare, Transport, Support vehicles, B-L-D and Accommodation.

    • Return air passage by TG flight

    • Transfer from airport to Baan Dada Home and back

    • Support Vehicles

    • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

    • one night accommodation at Baan Dada Home and 4 nights accommodation on a twin sharing basis in a hotels

    The Itinerary

    Day One (October 1), Wednesday:

    • Travel from Airport to Sangklaburi ( introduction / orientation upon arrival and assemble bikes)

    Day Two (October 2), Thrusday

    • 0700 hrs breakfast at Baan Dada Home

    • 0800 hrs Cycling Day 1

    Cycling Day 1 - 115kms and Hindat Hot Spring (soak ourselves in warm water after cycling the gruelling hills)

    Lunch break and reach hotel by 4 PM, Dinner also provided

    Day Three (October 3), Friday

    • 0700 hrs breakfast at Hotel

    • 0800 hrs Cycling

    Cycling Day 2 129kms Kanchanaburi / Tamarind guest house (time enough to see the river kwai bridge?)

    Lunch break and reach hotel by 4 PM, Dinner also provided

    Day Four (October 4), Saturday

    • 0700 hrs breakfast at Hotel

    • 0800 hrs Cycling

    Cycling Day 3 84kms Ratchaburi (golden city hotel... roads are mostly flat now)

    Lunch break and reach hotel by 4 PM, Dinner also provided

    Day Five (October 5), Sunday

    • 0700 hrs breakfast at Hotel

    • 0800 hrs Cycling

    Day 4 113kms Chaam Beach

    Lunch break and reach hotel by 4 PM, Dinner also provided and celebration at Chaam Beach

    Day Six (October 6), Tuesday

    • Departure for Bangkok.

    To Place Reservation If You Are Keen:

    You need to place on waitlist first.

    A deposit of S$250 is required to reserve the flight passage (balance sum will be advised later).

    Deposit payment is to made to my POSB Saving Account which will be mailed to you

    Once deposit payment is made, please send me a short text to my mobile at 97375768. I need your passport details to place reservation.

    By RSVPing to this event you acknowledge that I am in no way responsible for your safety, health or other adverse event relating to you, or anybody else during this event.

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  • Doreen T.

    This trip is a co-operation between 2 meet-up groups -Give Odyssey Team (GOT) and Support and Loving One Another.
    The trip will be headed by Madan, the Organizer of GOT.
    I went on the trip with Madan, to Baan Dada Orphanage, earlier this year. It is a worthy cause and I returned, much blessed by the happiness of the children there.
    As I can't host this event, I am posting it for anyone who might be interested :)

    July 27

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