Charity bikers arrived in Shanghai yesterday after a 21-day, 2,500-kilometer long trip that took off in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, raising over 400,000 yuan for their ‘Ride For Hope’ event―the proceeds of which will go towards building water wells for people living in small villages.
Shanghai Daily reports that the bikers set off from Futian Shangri-La in Shenzhen on November 16 and rolled through 22 different cities before reaching Shanghai, the final destination.
The event, sponsored by Shari-La hotels, sought to raise 120,000 yuan to build 20 water cellars for families living in small villages in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region. By the end, they more than doubled the goal.
The villagers in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region moved from the mountains to live along the newly built road. They used to collect precious rain water from the stone caves. But now with their only access to water gone, they urgently needed to build water cellars that could store water collected during the rainy season. Each cellar for the water costs 6,000 yuan.
One of the riders told reporters that he’d lost around 10 kilograms during the three-week ride.
Yesterday we reported that a massive fresh water reserve was recently located under a seabed off China’s coast by Australian researchers who believe that the supply could offer some relief to the country’s water crisis.
[Image Credit: Martin Gommel]