Charity cycling to raise fund for an occupational training centre for the disabled

About 40 cyclists and people with eyesight disability launched their bicycle ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on Sunday (Jan 28) to raise fund for the construction of an occupational training centre for the disabled in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai.

The nine-day 867-km cycling started at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan campus will travel through Suphan Buri, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanuloke, Uttradit, Phrae, Lampang and Chiang Mai, the final destination.

During the nine-day bicycle ride, the cyclists and their pillion riders who are people with eyesight disability will make stops for rest during which they will accept donations from members of the public.

Professor Viriya Namsiripongpant, president of the International Foundation for the Disabled, said Sunday that the charity cycling was a follow-up of the No One Left Behind programme � a joint effort of people with normal eyesight and those with eyesight disability to raise fund for the construction of occupational training centre for the disabled in Chiang Mai.

The project is now running short of 67 million baht fund.

Professor Viriya said the problem with the disabled people is that they are capable to work and there are about 450,000 of them, but there is no place to train them in occupational skills so they can help themselves, hence the initiative for the project.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)