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REACH holds first-ever Bike Ride fundraiser in Da Nang
REACH and organizing partner Da Nang Vocational Tourism College held the first-ever 2013 Bike Ride cycling fundraiser in support of REACH's training programs on Saturday, 7th December in Da Nang.

Scroll down to view photos of the Bike Ride. The full photo gallery can be accessed here.

On Saturday, 7th December, 30 participants from Da Nang, Hoi An, Hanoi and Thailand took part in the first ever REACH Bike Ride charity cycling fundraiser in Da Nang. 

Cyclists had the chance to ride around the Son Tra peninsula along beachside roads, as well as ascend the Hai Van mountain pass, renowned for its scenic beauty and featured on British TV series Top Gear. Participants had the option of 35 km and 70 km routes, for either a more accessible or more challenging ride, respectively.

The fundraiser was jointly organized by the Da Nang Vocational Tourism College (DVTC) and REACH, a local non-profit organization specialized in vocational training and job placement for disadvantaged youth. All proceeds from the event go directly toward funding REACH’s tuition-free programs at five training centres across Vietnam.

“It’s a great opportunity for locals and expats to see some beautiful spots in Da Nang, be active, make new friends and support a worthwhile cause,” said Pham Thi Ngoc Mai, marketing and fundraising officer at REACH and one of the event’s organizers. “It’s so inspiring that people from across the country, and even one from Bangkok, are so willing to get involved with these kinds of community events.”

An additional 20 people volunteered to provide logistical support and cheer on riders throughout the event. Many previous graduates of the REACH program in Da Nang were also among the cyclists and supporters.

In addition to the ride, registration included a t-shirt, full catered lunch, water, fruit, roadside repair, medical support and mountain bike rental.

“I came a long way to do this ride today and to support the charity as well… I’m interested in the work that REACH is doing, and I think it was a great event,” said Anna Crane, an Australian participant living in Hanoi, afterward.

“[The ride] was fun, challenging, and just a really good day,” said cyclist Bill Chapman, who was the first to reach the Hai Van Pass summit.

The DVTC and REACH would like to thank Coca-Cola, Silver Sun Co. and Hoi An Cycling for their generous in-kind support for the ride.


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