Pedalling to help Cam­bo­di­ans

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHITTAKER

Natasha Rickit is off on an ad­ven­ture.

But she needs a hand get­ting there.

The stay-at-home mother-of-two needs to raise $3500 so she can take part in the World Vi­sion Cy­cle Cam­bo­dia Chal­lenge in Oc­to­ber.

Par­tic­i­pants fundraise $3500 which goes to­wards a clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion pro­ject for peo­ple liv­ing in Stong, Cam­bo­dia.

The Mt Al­bert res­i­dent will be cy­cling for five days along the Mekong River, through ru­ral vil­lages and past sights in­clud­ing Angkor Wat.

She will also visit some of World Vi­sion’s projects in Cam­bo­dia and meet her spon­sor child Kanha.

The Rickit fam­ily has spon­sored the 11-year-old girl for two years.

‘‘I’m not sure what ex­pect.

‘‘It makes me feel a bit teary re­ally,’’ she says.

‘‘It will be amaz­ing to see her in per­son and will be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to get an in­sight into how she lives.’’

Rickit will be cy­cling up to 75km each day on the trip.

‘‘I’ve been told it’s fairly easy go­ing but quite hu­mid.’’

It didn’t take long for her to de­cide she wanted to take up the cy­cle chal­lenge.

‘‘I’ve been a stay-at-home

to mum for seven years,’’ she says. ‘‘I thought I need to do some­thing this year that’s not about the kids but about my­self.

‘‘An email ar­rived in my in­box about it and I thought ‘yeah’.

‘‘It’s a bit of an ad­ven­ture and it’s giv­ing some­thing back at the same time.’’

The money raised from the chal­lenge will be used to con­struct and ren­o­vate wells and school rain­wa­ter tanks, pro­vide wa­ter fil­ters to pri­mary schools, help build school toi­lets and fa­cil­i­ties, con­duct wa­ter qual­ity test­ing and pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion on per­sonal hy­giene and san­i­ta­tion to peo­ple liv­ing in Stong.

Photo: EMMA WHITTAKER

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click lat­est edi­tion to see a video about the chal­lenges faced by peo­ple liv­ing in Stong.

Be gen­er­ous: Natasha Rickit is fundrais­ing so she can be part of the World Vi­sion Cy­cle Cam­bo­dia Chal­lenge.

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