In 2008, after visiting war torn Cambodia, Mick and Greg Harriden decided to raise funds to build schools in a mine ravaged area of that country.
Mick joined Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club and Ride4Kidz, was created.
Ride4Kidz’ prime aim is to support the development of education amongst our poorer neighbours.
The following fundraising ventures have been successfully completed:
- 1000km bike ride Ballarat to Penrith (2008)
- 1000km bike ride from Brisbane to Blaxland (2010)
- “Lapping the Lake” events at Sydney Regatta Centre (2011 and 2014) harnessed the combined efforts of local Rotary clubs, schools and businesses. These events have raised awareness in local students of the needs of their fellow students in less fortunate nearby countries.
Ride4Kidz events have so far raised more than $150,000 and resulted in the construction and resourcing of:
- Samraong and Thmey public schools in Cambodia
- Mando School, Goroka, Papua New Guinea
See our Gallery for images of past events and the outstanding results our fundraising has achieved.
Mando School Goroka PNG – This is a Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Project
This school is located near Goroka in the Papua New Guinea Eastern Highlands and currently caters for up to Year 8.
Our project is to increase resources to allow curriculum teaching to full comprehensive high school standard.
To achieve these aims, we need to:
- Provide modern education resources – teaching aids, teaching equipment, computers, teacher training
- Refurbish and upgrade the fit-out of existing classrooms
- Build a new toilet block and extend site water supply to improve health and hygiene standards
- Build additional classrooms to support full high school curriculum teaching
Mt Sion Centre for the Blind
This is a school for students with disabilities at Goroka, Papua New Guinea. It supports children with a range of disabilities, including hearing and sight impaired students and is run by the Roman Catholic Church.
The aim of this school is to enhance the integration of these students into the community and it works closely with the local Department of Education to achieve this.
It requires a classroom, computers and necessary resources to cater for the educational development of their students.
How you can help:
Use the link below to access the RAWCS Project for Mando
Contacts: Mick Harriden firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0419285394
Peter Agar email@example.com Mobile: 0410498466
Ride4Kidz website: http://lowerbluemountainsrotary.org.au/Ride4Kidz