KOTO charity bike ride to pedal off in Hanoi

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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Participants riding bicycle to raise donations for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. Photo credit: KOTO Participants riding bicycle to raise donations for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. Photo credit: KOTO

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More than 200 people are expected to ride from Hanoi to Ba Vi on Saturday (November 8) to raise fund for at-risk disadvantaged youths in an event held by KOTO (Know One, Teach One) non-profit organization.
The 12th annual Koto Bike Ride will cycle 55km (34 miles) from the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Hanoi to Son Tinh Camp in Ba Vi District.
The ride aims to raise money and create opportunity for the local community to join hands and raise money for the good cause of supporting the at-risk and disadvantaged youth through the KOTO’s not-for-profit vocational training program, the organization said in a release.
“This ride is a tradition. It is about raising money and bringing attention to the work that we are doing to give the at-risk and disadvantaged youth the start in life that everyone deserves,” said Jimmy Pham, founder and executive chairman of KOTO International.
“The money raised this year will be used specifically to cover the annual rental cost of training centers and housing for 200 trainees.”
The event has attracted sponsor from UNIS, Peak Adventure, Food Panda, 6 Degrees Cafe and others such as International SOS, Exotissimo Travel, Chapi Vietnam, Hanoi Cooking Center, Magonn, Hotel de L’Opera, Pots n Pans, CocaCola, Larue Beer, Crown Relocation, UBER.
Organizers are still looking for more riders, more volunteers and more sponsors with relevant information on the organization’s website.
Koto Bike Ride has ridden the Hanoi - Ba Vi route since 2002. Growing from 30 riders to over 100 riders mainly through word of mouth, the event has raised over US$ 200,000.
KOTO has trained in excess of 500 street and disadvantaged Vietnamese youth in its Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City training centres.
Its 24-month program includes front-of-house and kitchen, as well as English and life skills training and provides trainees with accommodation, food and medical care, all free of charge.
It has two restaurants in Hanoi and HCMC where trainees work to get practical experience and all profits are invested back into the program.

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