CityNews – A charity cycling trip, No One Left Behind, has raised over 26 million baht for people with disabilities as the cyclists reached Chiang Mai.
No One Left Behind, a charity cycling trip, was arranged by the Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities. The foundation brought together 20 people who were blind and 20 volunteer cyclists to travel the 867km journey from Bangkok to Chiang Dao.
The trip began on January 28th, and headed north through eight provinces before arriving in Chiang Mai yesterday, February 4th. The funds raised will go towards a vocational training centre for persons with disabilities in Chiang Dao with the aim to empower and give opportunities to the disabled in the area, generating greater income and reduce poverty.
Prof Viriya Namsiriphongphan, the president of the Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities, revealed that around 2.70% of the population are registered with disabilities which is about 1,802,375 people. Out of that 1.8 million people, 600,000 are unemployed and/or lack access to social welfare and do not have a caregiver.
According to the report on February 3rd, No One Left Behind has received over 26 million baht by the time they arrived in Chiang Mai. The party will reach their destination in Chiang Dao today, February 5th.