English students cycle across Vietnam to help needy peers

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Four English students have finished a one-month long cycling trip across Vietnam to raise donations to help disadvantaged peers in the country.

Sam Wilson, Callum Ewing, George Blurton and Jamie Richards arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on July 6, 29 days after they set out on their bicycles from Hanoi.

Friends, families and supporters of the young students raised about US$24,000 that will be used to support five young Vietnamese students' obtain four-year university degrees.

"These young men undertook this incredible adventure after hearing about the efforts of Saigon Children's Charity (SCC) to ensure access to higher education for young people from poor family backgrounds and wanted to show their support of poverty-reduction projects while experiencing the challenge of a lifetime," the HCMC-based British charity organization said in a statement.

The team rode across Vietnam, carrying the message: "Eliminate poverty through education". The group also handed out back-packs and school supplies to children along the way.

"While teaching in Guyana last year, I saw firsthand how education can impact children's lives", said Wilson. "To me, in order to eliminate poverty, we should start by helping children first, as they are the country's future."

Blurton, 19, said: "I personally wanted to join the ride to raise funds, because I see that university offers us so many good things, equips us with knowledge and brings us the best fun in our life. And I want to share my happiness and fun with disadvantaged students in Vietnam".

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