Shenzhen, China, 16 November 2013 – After three months intensive preparation by 11 Shangri-La properties in China, the Ride for Hope charity activity successfully pedalled off on 16 November 2013 from Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen with more than 122 rider participants and RMB134,393.99 collected.
As the first leg of the 2,000-kilometre relay ride, participants from Shenzhen, Hong Kong and other Pearl River Delta cities in South China cycled 22 kilometres from Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen to Shenzhen Xili Golf and Country Club. The six riders committed to completing the whole journey from Shenzhen to Shanghai in the following three weeks led the riding team. They continued their ride to Guangzhou after parting from the team at Xili Golf and Country Club to embrace the second group of riders organised by Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou.
The six riders riding unified TREK brand bikes include Mr. Nicholas Smith, resident manager of Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen and initiator of this activity; Mr. Thomas Bird, a British freelance writer based in Shenzhen; Mr. Carl Wu, a young cycling aficionado from Shenzhen; Mr. Li Xiao Bao, who once cycled 2,600 kilometres from Yunnan to Lhasa, crossing the west of China; Mr. Lu Yushui, a cycling enthusiast dedicated to helping children in Guangxi Autonomous Region; and Mr. Lu Bao Kang, who ranked 10th among 500 racers in the most recent tournament in Beihai City.
A seven-seat van supported by Mercedes-Benz and Zung Fu China and offering mechanical support and medical assistance will be trailing the six riders throughout the journey.
“All the money collected will go to fund three selected beneficiaries – a group of villagers living in Guangxi Autonomous Region, Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association and the Will Foundation,” said Mr. Emil Leung, area manager and general manager of Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen. “Special thanks to Shanghai Simmons Bedding & Furniture Sales LTD; they donated Rmb100,000 for the activity. We appreciated the generosity and support extended from those individuals and corporate organizations.”
About Guangxi Autonomous Region
A group of villagers, around 20 families, living in the Guangxi Autonomous Region have just moved from the mountains to live in a small village along the newly built road in the Guangxi Autonomous Region. The villagers used to obtain precious water from the stone caves during the rainy season. Having lost their only access to water, the villagers urgently need to build water cellars to store water during the rainy season. The water will be sufficient for a year’s consumption. Each water cellar costs Rmb6,000 and the Shangri-La hotels aim to raise Rmb120,000 to build 20 cellars.
About Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association
Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association is the first non-government organisation in China devoted to ocean conservation. It organises volunteering activities to clean and preserve the ocean and plans to set up fish houses (artificial coral reefs) in the ocean to restore fish species.
About WILL Foundation
Based in Shanghai, the WILL Foundation gives orphans hope and a future. Its mission is to support children who have been left behind in life and provide them a loving and nurturing environment at an eco-learning centre through a tailored guided programme.
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