Matt Brice started cycling back in 2011, since then he has cycled over 8000km on Indian roads, cooked curries for 100’s, sizzled many a gourmet sausage and in 2015 led our inaugural group cycle through Kerala to raise much needed funds for the Brighter Future Study Centres in New Delhi, India. This November Matt and his peddle-powered heroes have a fundraising target to raise $20k to keep providing education and hope of brighter futures to over 500 children from one of India’s poorest slums.
Meet this amazing team & help them reach their fundraising goals!
Meet the team of awesome adventurers that are taking on the Cycle for Brighter Futures challenge in October 2017. Together they’ll be cycling more than 240km from Fort Kochi to Trivandrum through picturesque Kerala in Southern India. Each will be fundraising to support projectHELP and Brighter Futures Study Centres raising children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity.
Meet our 2017 Pedal Powered Heroes:
Hi, I’m Saffy and I’ve just turned 11. When I grow up I hope to represent Australia in Modern Pentathlon, which involves 5 sports, including showjumping, shooting, swimming, running and fencing. I currently train 6 days a week and already have several State and National titles in some of these sports.
I know that I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to follow my dreams. I also know that I am very different to millions of other children in the world who don’t even have the opportunity to live worry free like I do. These children have to face daily poverty problems including lack of food, shelter, family support and education.
I dream of a world where all children can dream and that opportunities can be taken. By doing the Cycle for Brighter Futures ride in India, I hope to show others that every child matters. We all can make a difference with the life we choose to live and how we can help others.
With the money I raise, I look forward to helping many children to be able to stop worrying about where they are sleeping, what they will eat and hope that they are able to begin their dreams like me.
Thanks for your generous support!
Hi, I’m Poppy and I’m 12. When I was born my parents named me ‘Poppy Isabel’, Poppy being the name I called my late Great-Grandfather and Isabel after my late Great-Grandmother. I have always known that I have had some big shoes to fill as both my Great-Grandparent’s were selfless in showing their love, compassion and support for those that they came across.
I was privileged to have them teach me about love and the importance of family support. When my Mum first told me about child trafficking in it made me extremely upset to think that kids my age can end up on the streets or worse after being separated from their families. That is why I want to be part of of the #onyabike 2017 team.
This October I will be riding 240km through India to the raise funds to help provide Brighter Futures for Children. I hope you will join me so together we can make a difference! Thanks for your great support!
Lucy & Bradley
We are are not your ‘typical athletes’ or ‘health fanatics’ you might think crazy enough to sign up to ride 240kms through India! We are not sure we even remember how to ride a bike! So if not for the entertainment we will bring to the #onyabike team, we share the desire to help spread the word on child trafficking and will do just about anything as our quest!
As parents to Poppy, Saffy and Tansy, we are are always on the run and getting involved where help is needed. Brad is often on the back of the local fire truck, whilst Lucy signs up to opportunities where she can help foster the concept of social justice both in Australia and abroad as well as rescuing a few too many animals on the way!
So please support us in our fundraising efforts putting our feet to the pedals to help some of the worlds most vulnerable children. Thanks for giving generously!
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A serious note from Lucy:
Would you let a stranger walk into your home, place your child who is dressed for bed on their lap and read them a story? Feels a bit wrong doesn’t it?
I first encountered this feeling on a trip to Nepal in 2013 and it started me thinking, ‘if it’s not acceptable for my children, it shouldn’t be acceptable for any child’. Hence my interest in child protection and rights of children, particularly in developing countries, was born. As part of the journey I started, I came across Australian charity, Forget Me Not. In a coffee bar overlooking a bustling Kathmandu street below, I heard first hand about child trafficking. The harsh reality is that a great deal of children in orphanages there were not legitimate orphans.
This profoundly changed the direction of my future legal aspirations (I was studying law at the time), from a more corporate setting to being destined to develop my legal career in the realms of social justice. Armed also with my knowledge and experiences as a Registered Nurse I’m set to take on the challenge of raising awareness for India’s most vulnerable children! And also excited to be supported by my husband and eldest children in this venture.
Now to remember how to ride a bike!
Love Lucy xxx
This year will be my 3rd year of CYCLING FOR BRIGHTER FUTURES! The past two years have been a week jam packed full of: cycling, dirt roads, highways, ferries, houseboats and took tooks. Of chafing, sore butts, sunburn, sunshine, rain, humidity and crazy traffic. We experienced funeral processions, an ashram stay, political celebrations, ceremonies, as well as endless incredible food and so many beautiful people, countless smiles & Hello’s along the way.
As this will be my third year on the cycle tour I have now been involved with Forget Me Not, Cycle for Brighter Futures and Lakshya Aakriti Foundation for several years. I now have an even better understanding of the role that each of these incredible, incredible organisations has to play. As well as an understanding of just how vital it is that the work they are doing does happen. I am more motivated, driven and passionate than ever to help create brighter futures for the children I have met in some of Delhi’s poorest slums.
While I understand you may not have a connection with this cause just yet, I am writing this piece because I can SO promise you that these children and their stories are real. They need our help and I would be so thankful for the role you can play by donating today.
The past 2 years on the cycle tour I have been challenged as I pushed physically and psychologically past my limits in the hot, seemingly endless days of cycling… But as the cycling continued, the beauty of Kerala’s coastline and the beautiful people of both India’s south as well as the cycle tour picked everyone up and helped us along the way making for an unforgettable week. One that everyone should experience at least once in this life. But if you can’t just yet, you can still support this year’s tour and make big difference – a world of difference!
You can make a brighter future possible for the youth of tomorrow by supporting me on the 2017 Cycle for Brighter Futures ride this year with your donations and support!!!
Please help me help this community by giving whatever you can using the ‘Donate’ button. The more people that know about Forget Me Not, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
xx Evanna Kate
I observed the local people and it was obvious they lived a much simpler life and lacked some basic needs; like medicines and education material etc.
I would like to visit India and leave some funds that will assist the good works that ‘brighter futures’ carries out.
Melissa & Louise
We want to make a difference. We are inspired by the work of Forget Me Not and want to support them by raising money. Please help us help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Donate’ button. The more people that know about Forget Me Not, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our Everyday Hero page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
You can support our Pedal Powered Heroes here.
“To my mind there are few things more impactful and powerful on the human condition and journey than a loving family. Shelter, food and education are of course pivotal to human flourishing but the blessing of the unconditional love of family nourishes the human spirit in a way that little else can.”
Karen & Bryan
“We have always liked an adventure and opportunities to travel to new places. The cycle tour looks like it will give us the chance to experience a lot of different things while also helping to make a difference to children’s lives.”
“I’m Teah, Melbourne born, Hervey Bay raised, Ipswich boarded and Brisbane biomedicine university student. When I was traveling with Forget Me Not at 17 throughout Nepal, I became aware of the millions of children globally who are born into unjust sexist, abuses and poverty stricken environments, I knew Forget Me Not was the change these countries needed.”
“I believe if everyone took an opportunity each year from their busy lives to contribute to a charity, whether it be your time or a donation, the difference would be phenomenal, in helping the charities accomplish their goals.”
Mandy & Orlando
“When I had a chance meeting with Matt (who is running the cycle tour) something inside me sang and I knew we had to be part of it. I have a strong desire to be of service to others and I love the idea of combining an amazing experience in India, a country I’ve always wanted to visit, and helping children at the same time.”
“I cannot wait to participate in the cycle tour as I have always felt a close connection to young children and want to help those less fortunate than us. As I grew up in a family of five children and am currently studying a teaching degree I feel as though it is important to think about the future of young children.”
2015 + 2016
“Last year’s Cycle ride was possibly the greatest and happiest adventure in my life. OK, I’m 52, not as fit as I was, but with a little training it was easy. If I could do it, I bet you can. Did I enjoy it?? I did it in 2016 – and my daughter came too!! ”
2015 + 2016
“The week of the cycle tour was simply magical. I went in with very few expectations and left with more than I had ever before even considered a possibility! I cannot recommend this opportunity highly enough to others interested and wanting to make difference for those in need whilst enriching their own lives.”
“After a short 3 day visit to New Delhi last November meeting Diptesh and witnessing the remarkable work Project Helps does I knew I had to return in the near future and what better way to experience more of India and supporting the Project then joining the #onyabike tour. Look forward to meeting everyone in a few months.”
JOIN US IN 2017
Whether you are an avid rider, fancy a lazy pedal or have been branded a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra) this friendly group cycle through picturesque Kerala is perfect for you!
We asked Trip Leader Matt Brice a few questions…
What are you most looking forward to leading the group cycle?
I am most looking forward to meeting like-minded people with a passion for travel that want to make a change in the world. I am also looking forward getting back on my bike with a bit of company this time, having the opportunity to share some of the amazing experiences which I was so lucky to have on my last journey.
What do you love about Kerala?
It is difficult to decide on one thing… Firstly it would have to be the people. Keralites are just so friendly. I didn’t realise just how friendly they were until I revisited Kerala in June with Diptesh. It’s hardly surprising they are so friendly considering that they live in paradise. Second thing would be the ocean and the backwaters. As an Australian and a Piscean who grew up near the beach, water is very important to me and always has been. Travelling through Kerala it is possible to be almost surrounded by water at times, with the backwaters on one side of the road and the ocean on the other. This is an amazing experience that I will always treasure.
What fitness level is required?
The roads are fairly flat in Kerala so the cycling is not particularly difficult, it can however be a challenge to continue peddling for a number of hours. You should expect to be on the saddle for around 5-6 hours with a few breaks and opportunities to take some pics. There will be a supporting van which can carry you and your cycle if you are unable to continue or need a break.
How can people prepare?
You should attempt some longer distance bicycle rides in your local area, slowly increasing the distances each week up to around 60km. If you are not able to do such cycles you should visit a gym or jog to help improve your stamina.
What should people pack?
Sunglasses, a hat, iPod & headphones, sunscreen, water bottles – camelbak (water backpack), camera, suitable shoes, helmet, suitable swimming clothes (women should not wear a swimsuit or bikini – rather bring loose fitting pants and a top), light weight beach towel, sarong, mosquito & insect repellent, power plug adaptor, cycle computer if you are interested in recording their own distance etc.
If you are keen to get #onyabike for a cause, Forget Me Not has a most worthy cause for you to consider… All funds raised by our pedal-powered philanthropists will assist our exceptional team in Delhi to create life-changing opportunities for families living in Kalyanpuri Slum to raise their children to be vibrant, thriving and connected to family, community and opportunity. The goal is for every child to attend school, be in good health and have safe and secure housing. You can help make this happen.
Dates: 11-20 October 2017
Cost: $1600 (covers 9 nights accommodation, all meals, support vehicle, 2 massages / Ayurvedic treatments, bicycle hire, airport transfers, any entrance fees to sights on the route, **does not cover alcoholic drinks)
Fundraising goal: $1000 – every cent fundraised by you goes directly to the cause
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