If cycling amongst ancient ruins and colourful countryside sounds like your idea of adventure, then the Ride for Nokor Tep will be perfect for you. For the sixth year in a row a cycling team is being assembled to cycle from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The ride is an annual pilgrimage started by a group of friends to raise money to build the first women’s hospital in Cambodia.
To date the event has raised over US $500,000, an outstanding achievement from a group of individuals who all have day jobs. All funds raised are sent directly to Cambodia to be used for building the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital, the first hospital in Cambodia dedicated entirely to treat women. Last year 22 cycling enthusiasts took part, all of varying degrees of experience. It raised over US $150,000.
Taking place over a five-day period the ride begins in Siem Reap, with the first three days spent cycling around the impressive ruins of Angkor Wat. With legs well and truly tested the team then heads south-east towards Phnom Penh, staying one night along the way in rural Cambodia.
The Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital is an ambitious project that was co-founded by Janne Ritskes, founder of Tabitha Cambodia. A well-established NGO, Tabitha has been working since the early 1990s to improve the lives of the poorest people in Cambodia. Women’s health issues are a significant factor, affecting a family’s ability to lift themselves from poverty. Creating a place for women to be treated is seen as a crucial turning point in transforming the lives of the poorest people in Cambodia.
This article was written by Victoria Milner, who writes the blog Singapore Foodie
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