Thanks for taking the time to visit our Bike Sri Lanka page.

Please note: Any donation amount is hugely appreciated, £1 buys about 20 pencils or  about 6 exercise books.

We have finished the expedition and the school constuction is complete, but there are many more schools like this in Sri Lanka that need our help so we are still collecting, so please give to help make a positive difference to the new generation of Sri Lankans.

We are a young couple attempting to cycle approximately 1500km around the island of Sri Lanka completely self powered and totally self funded. We begin our journey 9 years to the day after the tragic Boxing Day Tsunami.

The purpose of our expedition is to raise money for the remote Karaveddy Pre School in the Batticaloa region, Eastern Province that desperately needs a rigid watertight roof. Currently they only have a single layer leaky tin roof to keep out the monsoon rain and strong winds. The cost of this is approximatly £1500 ($2500 NZD).

The Batticaloa region has been badly affected by nearly 30 years of civil war, which only recently ended in 2009. When the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami hit, Batticaloa was one of the worst effect areas. The people of the region desperately need our help.

On our journey we will be spending several days in the Karaveddy community to meet the people and witness first hand the progress of the school, helping out where we can.

If we can raise funds in excess of our target we can provide vital teaching supplies to the Karaveddy Pre School and other schools within the Batticaloa region.

The registered charity Ocean Stars Trust will help to distribute the resources from our fundraising in order to ensured the most effective allocation of the money we raise. We chose Ocean Stars because they are a relatively small, non-government organisation who we can communicate with directly and they have a holistic and hands-on approach to helping the Sri Lankan people.

Thank you for your donation!


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Pete & Soph

Updates 7

Here is a short film from our adventure in Sri Lanka:

20/04/14 06:24

After biking 1273.8km over 26 days and climbing to over 2000m we have finished! The Karaveddy Preschool construction is completed and open for class. This has been very hard work physically and mentally but the rewards now are incredibly forgiving!

25/01/14 08:25

We are most of the way through our journey around Sri Lanka, we have visited the school and it is nearly finished! Please see our progress on our photo blog:

15/01/14 11:37

Tomorrow we leave for Sri Lanka, wish us luck, follow our blog:, like our FB Page:, and donate some $$$!

22/12/13 11:41

We had our Fundraising Evening in Queenstown, NZ Last week which was a super success! We raised £1582.81 ($3135.81 NZD) which with our online fundraising makes a total of £2303.29 ($4563.21 NZD)!

10/12/13 11:52

Raising money for

Ocean Stars Trust

Ocean Stars Trust

Charity Registration No. 1110022

Set up in 2005 as a response to the tsunami in Sri Lanka. Today Ocean Stars offers these communities a route out of poverty by supporting a range of educational and livelihood projects.

Raising money for

Run by Ocean Stars Trust

Charity Registration No. 1110022

Donations 51

Signing off. What good fun and successful project, it was hard work but it paid off! Thanks to all those who donated and helped in anyway! Love to Sri Lanka and the Ocean Stars Trust.

Donation by Pete Oswald & Sophie Stevens on 07/06/14


Donation by Looki Poos on 04/06/14


nice work team

Donation by Anonymous on 03/06/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sophie & Pete - great work! Looked like an amazing trip as well.

Donation by Nick Allen on 30/05/14


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Good work guys! Apologies for my student rate donation. Video is sensational. Lots of love! X

Donation by Frank Bagnall on 30/05/14


Thank you for making the difference. You made it. May your wishes be fulfilled! :) Cheers & regards...

Donation by Lizzbelle Lim-Jothy on 20/02/14


Congratulations Sophie and Pete on completing such an amazing challenge - and creating a fantastic fundraiser! Very inspiring :)

Donation by Hannah Aubrey on 26/01/14


took you as long to cycle it as it took me to find time to donate… congrats on the productivity I'm impressed and for making it to the end.

Donation by c'soz co founder on 21/01/14


Massive congratulations guys (I had to wait to see if you actually made it ha!!) Well done and enjoy some tea and canasta on the isle to recover

Donation by Tim Pritchard on 21/01/14


We hope you enjoy every moment of your amazing adventure. Such a special gift you are giving.

Donation by Nick & Shelley Kingston on 18/01/14


What an amazing experience - well played guys! Happy NY!

Donation by Will Vink on 16/01/14


Finally got on here, sorry guys!

Donation by Paul Stevens on 15/01/14


Well done Petey Poops and Soapie. Amazing Pics | Epic Adventure !

Donation by Harry on 13/01/14


Great job, Pete and Sophie

Donation by Pippy and Nigel on 07/01/14



Donation by James & Luella on 07/01/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Fantastic idea, good luck.

Donation by Pete's cousin Sally & Johnny on 05/01/14


Donation by Anonymous on 02/01/14


Good Luck and well done Sophie... Zen and Tao are very proud!

Donation by Keenan Moses on 25/12/13


great project!!

Donation by Joscha Forstreuter on 22/12/13


Have a great time!

Donation by Hamish Nicholls on 10/12/13


hello Sophie and Pete Sorry I wasn't able to attend your fundraising evening. Hope you both have an amazing bike trip...and that you get that roof built!!

Donation by Gabrielle Martin on 09/12/13


Donation by Anonymous on 04/12/13


Best of luck guys. Eliott and I are so jealous of ur adventure! And congrats Soph that it'll be a warm one! Take lots of pics and videos!

Donation by Meg shine on 04/12/13


Hope the two of you have a blast on the trip. I can't wait to see how it all goes. Best of luck. Richard

Donation by Richard Baugh on 02/12/13


Great meeting you guys! Best of luck to you on your travels

Donation by Cullom AKA Raw on 02/12/13


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,119.83
  • Offline donations£1,895.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,014.83
  • Gift Aid£46.25

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