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Business School Student to Ride for Charity

16 Oct 2012

Business School student Darius Turner is cycling 800km across Thailand over eight days in January 2013 to raise money for an Australian charity that supports children orphaned by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

Killing over 230,000 people across 14 countries, the tsunami devastated Khao Lak in Thailand, with the death toll in the region estimated at over 4000.

The bike ride is organized by Hands Across the Water, founded in October 2005 by Peter Baines following his work as part of the response team in Thailand after the tsunami.

The charity has since built two orphanages in the Khao Lak region supporting 72 children who live there. Hands Across The Water also works with a third orphanage that is home to 115 HIV-affected children in the Yasothon region, 530 km north of Bangkok.

Each year, the charity organizes two 800km bike rides to raise money and awareness for their cause.

Darius, who is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Commerce at the Business School, will be cycling from Bangkok to one of the orphanages in Khao Lak with a group of 45 other riders.

"I heard Peter Baines speak at a conference about Hands Across The Water, and it inspired me to do something for the charity," says Darius. "Each rider participating in the bike ride is required to raise $10,000, all of which is used to improve the lives of the orphaned children. Riders cover their own accommodation and travel costs separately."

You can support Darius at his fundraising page, Bike Ride for Kids.