At the start of the holidays, two fine members of our community participated in the first charity fun ride - 'Ride for Hunger' to raise money for Thai SOS. The mission was to improve food security and end the food waste problem in Thailand by cycling a course around Bangkok old town. Overall, 70,843 THB was counted, which is equivalent to 14,168 meals served to low-income communities, homeless shelters, governmental facilities and partnered NGO.
Shrewsbury Gap student Laura Elliot and Billy (9KA) were active participants with Laura collecting a considerable amount of money before taking part. Both students cycled in the morning then gave their time after the ride to distribute food in one of the communities Thai SOS supports in the afternoon. The money raised will help Thai SOS expand their operations with food rescue and distribution beginning in Hua Hin this year. This is particularly important at present as more people require assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemics.
Laura was delighted with how the day went, saying she felt a sense of pride helping out Thai Sos - an organisation that, in turn, helps so many.
"We didn't just get a cycle ride and a fun day out, but we got to see for ourselves where the money we all raised ended up. I recommend that anyone who wants to take part in a future Thai SOS event should do so. It was heartwarming."