The Khmer Rode RAGE (Ride Against Greenhouse Emissions) Team is a group of enthusiastic students and volunteers who are interested in poverty, sustainability, bikes, mechanics, fitness, and science. They are based around Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh. Having just returned from their epic adventure through Cambodia and Thailand, the Khmer Rode RAGE team are now calling for expressions of interest for a return trip in 2014.
The 13 members of the 2013 Khmer Rode RAGE team raised over $40,000 for the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) and the Wilderness Friends Foundation Thailand. Whilst allowing the team the opportunity to travel overseas, there was no time for relaxing. Living and working at the Cambodian Orphanage, the team helped the children learn English as well as other skills that are excellent to escape the poverty cycle.
But it wasn’t just the children who recieved a visit from the Rode RAGE team, they also volunteered at the Thai Wildlife Sanctuary and contributed to the many other health and educational programs within the Battambang community.
The team also took time to visit the astonishing Solar Forest in Singapore and the Hell Fire Pass Memorial on the Thai-Burma Railway to pay their respects and give thanks to the WWII soldiers who gave so much to give us such a comfortable lifestyle.
“We didn’t think it was fair that Australians are the biggest per capita greenhouse emitters in the world but, even though we have had terrible floods and storms and bushfires in recent years, it is not us that pays the biggest penalty for our pollution. For people and wildlife in developing nations, it is literally a daily matter of life and death. We think it’s Un-Australian to cause a problem and expect someone else to clean it up”, said team member Chloe Ridge-Burns.