Melbourne’s premier underwater swim school photography company H2Ography is stepping out of its comfort zone once again to join the Hands Across The Water (HATW) charity bike ride 2018 in Thailand on 16 to 23 April 2018.
H2Ography founder Clint Ranse will be riding with other entrepreneurs from across Australia and New Zealand forming the Business Blueprint pack to pedal a total of 500 kilometers for five straight days. The ride will kick off at the south of Bangkok and will culminate in Baan Tharn Namchai where the riders will meet the children beneficiaries.
Participating riders will be paying for their own registration, flight, and accommodation fees. The entire proceeds that will be raised from the ride will go to the HATW charity which will be used to fund the food, education, and shelter of at-risk and displaced Thai children.
H2Ography is aiming to raise a minimum of $5,000 dollars for the charity, donating $1 for every booking of a photo session made. This will be the company’s second time to join the bike ride. H2Ography director and Clint’s wife Roslyn represented the company during its first participation in the bike ride in 2017.
“I am not a cyclist but what better way to raise money for people that need it than to put myself out of my comfort zone. It’s great to see real changes being made in people’s lives and not just a band-aid solution,” Clint said, adding that having seen the concrete efforts of HATW charity in improving the lives of children over the past two years has restored his faith in charity work.
HATW was conceived after countless Thai children were displaced by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Former police forensic specialist Peter Baines, who worked with the tsunami disaster victim identification team, was inspired to establish an organisation that could make a real difference in improving the lives of the children. Come late 2005, a team of passionate individuals formed Hands Across The Water.
About 12 years later, HATW had raised more than $20 million for the children and communities in Thailand. The charity now cares for more than 350 children throughout the country.
On the other hand, Business Blueprint, a business education program based in Australia of which the Ranse couple is a member, has been supporting HATW over the last five years. The program has been able to raise almost $1,000,000 for the charity’s great cause.