Cyclists from Hands Across the Water stop on the border of NSW and Queensland.
Cyclists from Hands Across the Water stop on the border of NSW and Queensland. Contributed

Pedalling for Thai charity

HE’S more used to being behind the camera but this time SBS presenter journalist Michael Tomalaris was in the media spotlight.

The journalist, along with 32 other cyclists, left Byron Bay on Thursday before stopping overnight in Murwillumbah and continuing to the Queensland border and on to Beaudesert.

He is raising awareness for charity, Hands Across the Water, by cycling a total of 500km in four days.

CYCLE SPEED: SBS presenter Michael Tomalaris rides through the Tweed hinterland on Friday.
CYCLE SPEED: SBS presenter Michael Tomalaris rides through the Tweed hinterland on Friday. Contributed

The group finished at Ballina on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Tomalaris led the pack to promote the Australian charity which supports at-risk children and their communities in Thailand.

It was was set up by Peter Baines OAM following the 2004 tsunami which devastated many island communities reliant on tourism trade.

Hands Across the Water supports seven projects and helps over 300 children in Thailand.

Mr Tomalaris said all donations to the charity would go to the children and their communities, with no donor money spent on administration, staff or marketing.

He said the majority of riders had come from Sydney, taking time away from work and family to raise money.

On arrival, Mr Tomalaris praised the Tweed Shire for its spectacular views.

“It is a very under-rated countryside, while most visitors to Tweed visit the coast there is a magical part of the hinterland which very few visitors realise and that should be promoted a lot more,” he said.

So far the group has raised over $92,000 and called on the community to get involved with the charity.

You can become involved with the charity by hosting a cycling event, sponsoring a rider or sponsoring a Thai child.

For $100-month you can sponsor one child, and for $50-month you could share in the care of one child with another donor.

Find out more about how you can help at: https://sna.etapestry.com/fundraiser/HandsAcrosstheWater/ausride2016/



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