We're also supporting Birdlife International who are the official charity for the ASEAN Rickshaw Run. Visit our fundraising page here!
For our latest adventure, we're swapping our gowns and old books for mosquitoes and tropical downpours to take part in the first ASEAN Rickshaw Run from Jakarta to Bangkok, all in the name of promoting Southeast Asian studies at the University of Oxford and raising funds for Oxfordshire-based charity The Cambodia Trust. Join us for this 2500km journey across half a continent in a vehicle built to get you across town...most of the time.
From 16 to 29 October 2011, 30 teams from the UK, Europe, North America and Australia will travel over land from Jakarta to Bangkok via motorised rickshaw to raise funds for charity in the ASEAN Rickshaw Run. The event is sponsored by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the interests of promoting greater integration among its 10 member countries.
Our team, Team Project Southeast Asia Oxford, comprises three Oxford graduates from Singapore (Chan Xin Hui & PJ Thum) and the Netherlands (Tom Hoogervorst). We are taking part in this event to promote Southeast Asian unity, raise awareness of Project Southeast Asia and most importantly, raise funds for an amazing charity.
Project Southeast Asia is a major initiative to expand Southeast Asian studies in the University of Oxford in recognition of the tremendous potential of the region. Its ultimate aim is the establishment of a Centre of Southeast Asian studies at Oxford – the first in one of the world’s top universities and the first initiated by Southeast Asians. The first step towards achieving this goal is the establishment of a University Lecturership in Southeast Asian History. The University is seeking £3 million to fund this post in perpetuity. This would build on Oxford’s already numerous contributions to Southeast Asia - both within and outside academia - and its unsurpassed track record of excellence in the region, particularly in the field of medicine, where it conducts world-leading research in nearly every Southeast Asian country.
The Cambodia Trust is close to our hearts as it is a global charity with a primary focus on Southeast Asia, with centres in Cambodia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1989 by distinguished historian Dr. Peter Carey, a man we have been inspired by and very honoured to work closely with, in response to a call from Prime Minister Hun Sen to address the plight of the country's thousands of landmine survivors by equipping them with artificial limbs and orthopaedic aids.
The Cambodia Trust has since expanded its activities to seven Southeast Asian countries and now helps to treat all kinds of physical handicaps. It is the largest provider of international standard prosthetic & orthotic education in the world.
For more on the history of The Cambodia Trust, please click here.
Today, 133 students have graduated from the Cambodian School of Prosthetics & Orthotics, including many women and people with disabilities. This means that 40,000 limbs and braces are prescribed and fitted by CSPO-trained prosthetists every year. In addition, the NGO's operations have expanded to include partner projects and rehabilitation projects in Sri Lanka, Laos, Burma, the Philippines, Indonesia and East Timor, providing training and physical rehabilitation services for the many people disabled by war and disease who would otherwise have no access to such assistance.
For more videos of the work of The Cambodia Trust, including excerpts from an award-winning documentary premiered at the BAFTAs, and screened at the Amnesty International One World film festival, click here.
Please consider donating to help The Cambodia Trust to continue to provide mobility, independence and equality for the 'forgotten victims' of conflict and poverty in Southeast Asia.
- £3 - will buy a school uniform; many disabled children cannot attend school because their parents are too poor to afford these costs
- £25 - will provide a small grant to enable an adult to buy tools or stock to establish a small business
- £30 - will buy a bicycle to enable a child with disabilities to get to school
Education is a way out of poverty. Our community-based rehabilitation teams work to support disabled children into school, so they have a better chance of employment as adults.
- £75 - will provide a wheelchair.
Our wheelchairs are made locally and are specially designed to withstand the rough terrain. Like artificial limbs and braces, having a wheelchair brings mobility and the chance to participate in the community.
- £100 - will provide a prosthetic limb or brace for a landmine, polio or leprosy survivor
Prosthetic limbs wear out and need replacing every year or so for adults; every 6 months for growing children.