To participate in the Kwik Kopy Hands Classic each rider will commit to raising $2500 to help us reach our overall target for 2014 of $250,000. The funds raised will enable the charity to continue its work to support children who are rescued from enforced prostitution.
Sponsorship money from last year’s Kwik Kopy Hands Classic allowed the charity to move forward with completing renovations on a facility set up to house children rescued from the sex industry and who have been trafficked beyond their control.
Funds raised this year will enable Hands to continue with this good work in addition to being able to respond to other people in desperate need.
Requests include projects such as housing single mums under the age of 20 who, as a result of their upbringing, have not received an education and have found themselves working in brothels. Now as mothers of children, their kids are at risk of a similar future unless Hands Across the Water can offer them an alternative.
This includes giving them the chance to receive a belated education without the need to work to support themselves or their kids. There is also the need for a refuge for boys who have also experienced a similar journey but who are not responsible for children.
Hands Across the Water remains committed to building facilities in Thailand to accommodate these groups in need. In the words of founder, Peter Baines “It has been a considerable journey, a delicate one to take and one we need to get right.”