Brisbane, Australia (PressExposure) September 03, 2009 -- Nadine Gillespie-Mckie, a dedicated primary school teacher from Laidley, plus 30 other Australians have signed up for a fearsome bike challenge spanning 800 kilometres in January 2010. Riding from Bangkok to Khao Lak (Phuket, Thailand), the team is raising money and awareness for the Hands Across the Water Australia (Hands) Charity.
Hands Across the Water Australia was founded by Peter Baines in October 2005, following his work in Thailand in response to the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
Hands is one of Australiaâs fastest growing charity, created to support the children who were orphaned by the tragic 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, with every cent raised going directly to the children. Not one cent of money donated will be spent on administration.
Each member of the team is committed to raising at least $10,000 to support the Hands initiative and have already started their training for the January 2010 trek. Nadine Gillespie-McKie is excited about the effort and says that the group is dedicated to doing something positive and meaningful for the orphaned children. They know the money will not bring the childrensâ parents back however it will help them attain opportunities that would otherwise be out of their reach.
âWhen I became aware of the circumstances these kids were in, as an early childhood teacher and mother; I immediately decided to do whatever I could personally to help. I am overwhelmed to think that the money we raise will support so many children at many different levels including the running costs of the orphanage and help to build a new community centre for the region.â She said.
Nadine, her fellow cycling members and the dedicated team at Handsâ are seeking support from Australians everywhere to boost the teamâs fundraising efforts as well as increase the awareness of Handsâ abroad.
If you would like to support Nadine and Hands, donations can be made online at https://www.bpoint.com.au/epages/handsacrosswater.sf/?BillerCode=2015925&Ref1=Nadine%20Gillespie-McKie