He is going to ride 5,000km in 10 days along the border of Thailand in order to raise money for PHBGTU. He already has over B70,000 pledged from friends in Singapore, and hopes to spread news about his journey and raise even more. Here, The Phuket News speaks with Hamant about the trip.
Tell us about yourself and how you got involved with PHBGTU
I am a Singaporean English teacher with PHBGTU in Kamala. I’ve been teaching overseas since I graduated and I love engaging with new cultures and people. I have now been teaching for close to five years in Southeast Asia. I love exploring the region and I find that I learn more with each passing year. My other interests include film, hiking and swimming. I first came across PHBGTU when I returned home from Vietnam. I had spent some time in Singapore before discovering the foundation on the internet. Through the modern communicative conveniences that the internet allows, the interview process was both smooth and successful! I have been teaching in Phuket for 10 months now and I am proud and happy to say that I will be here for another year at least.
What inspired you to do this motorbike ride?
Charity was never really my sort of thing to be honest and I mostly just wanted to focus on teaching. Being with the foundation and experiencing the backgrounds that the children come from has opened my eyes to want to do more. I now understand how important giving back is especially if the gift you’re giving is education; no one can take that away from them. If the children can go the extra mile for education, then so can I!
Can you tell us your specific route, and how you determined it?
The initial idea was to do a border ride around Thailand and after several weeks of streamlining and re-configuring plans, I settled on the following route. It will be a tenday journey that begins at the school where the children live and ends at Phuket Bike Week on Patong Beach:
Day 1 - 36th Rajaprajanugroh School to Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 2 - Prachuap Khiri Khan to Nakhon Sawan
Day 3 - Nakhon Sawan to Mae Hong Son
Day 4 - Mae Hong Son to Chiang Rai
Day 5 - Chiang Rai to Loei
Day 6 - Loei to Ubon Ratchathani
Day 7 - Ubon to Chanthaburi
Day 8 - Chanthaburi to Samut Songkhram
Day 9 - Samut Songkhram to Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 10 - Prachuap Khiri Khan to Phuket, with the ride ending at Phuket Bike Week 2016(See map)
What kind of motorbike will you use, how much do you anticipate your costs to be?
I will be using a Honda Click 110-cc Scooter (fuelinjection) for the duration of the ride. Costs consist mostly of hotels, gas refills, food and on-the-road maintenance, for both my vehicle and the safety car that will follow. The estimated costs of the ride are about B25,000 for the entire 10 days.
Anything else you want to share with readers before your trip?
I’d like to urge everyone to be part of this ride by contributing an amount, however small through the various avenues for donations:
a) Online at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/a13qe7
b) Through our Paypal account, email@example.com
c) Via cheque by mail or in person addressed to 80/14 Moo
3, T.Kamala, A. Katu, Phuket, 83150 Thailand
Together, we can give the underprivileged children of Kamala a chance for a better tomorrow.
The Phuket Newswishes Hamant a safe journey and looks forward to catching up upon his return