If someone had told Helen Evans last year that she was going to take part in a 400km cycle tour, she wouldn’t have believed them, or have thought it would be possible.
But it was, and she did. Earlier this year Helen completed the Variety Cycle Challenge to Sri Lanka with World Expeditions – and raised an incredible $13,700 for our Bikes for Kids programme while she was at it.
“We saw so many diverse things. There were wet days, hot days, dry days. Everyday there’d be a cycle ride and something else absolutely wonderful to do. . . And all of it was done to benefit kids,” she says of the experience.
“I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Inspired by a close friend who passed away earlier this year, Helen said although, to begin with, the thought of the challenge terrified her, it has ultimately done her a ‘wealth of good’.
“I was lacking focus, I needed a goal,” she said.
“The group was delightful. We all had different reasons to be doing it, but most importantly, everyone had the motivation to be there and everyone was absolutely fantastic.”
Cycling is now something Helen enjoys doing regularly, and soon, thanks to her fundraising efforts, she will be able to present 68 disadvantaged Kiwi kids with bikes of their own.
“I am so looking forward to visiting the children at their schools, handing over the bikes and seeing their faces. I am so proud and I know my friend definitely would have been proud too.”
Follow in Helen’s footsteps
The next World Expeditions fundraising trip is the 11-day Variety Food Lover’s Camino Challenge, hosted by Sir Graham and Lady Raewyn Henry.
Departing on 30 October, the trip is a unique approach to the classic pilgrimage route combining a passion for good food and produce, with the incredible history of the trail crossing from Bilbao to Santiago.
Funds raised will benefit our Have a Go Scholarships, which provide disadvantaged young people with the chance to participate in extra-curricular activities.