Hands Across the Water - August 2015

Mark Spring August 09, 2015 : 0

In 2004, over 250,000 people lost their lives as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami. Families were torn apart and thousands of children were instantly orphaned. Peter Baines, working with the tsunami disaster victim identification team, was deeply touched by the number of children left homeless and alone and was inspired to establish an organisation that could make a difference.

Hands Across the Water was formed to help these children.

In hindsight I think I’m guilty of underestimating the scale of this tragedy at the time, coming as it did while we were all switched off on our Christmas Holidays. My involvement in the Electronics and Appliances Industry, and specifically with the NARTA buying group, recently brought this event back into focus for me with Hands Across the Water being their charity of choice.

So I’ve decided to take the plunge and commit to participating in their annual fundraising charity bike ride in Thailand. Supported by Fisher & Paykel, in January 2016 I’ll be joining a team of riders from our industry attempting to ride 600ks in 5 days – no walk in the park! Until recently it had been 20 years since I’d ridden a bike, so I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot of training to get under my belt if I’m to make it.

As part of the commitment to ride, I’ve agreed to raise and contribute AUD$10,000 to this awesome cause. Please take a moment to click on the link below to learn more about this amazing cause.

http://handsacrossthewater.org.au/about/history/



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