Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI -- Rally Indochina is Southeast Asia’s largest annual charity motorcycle adventure to raise money for the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to combat trafficking of children in Việt Nam.
This is the rally’s sixth year and the first time the route will head north from Hà Nội.
Twenty riders from around the world will hop on Minsk and Ural motorbikes to traverse scenic roads to Điện Biên, stopping at places, such as Mù Cang Chải and the Sìn Hồ Plateau.
“This motorbike ride is important because it contributes funds to fight against trafficking. It is also a great way for participants to see Việt Nam’s beauty and areas off the normal tourist routes,” Glenn Phillips, one of the organisers of the rally, said.
Although there is greater awareness of trafficking in Việt Nam, communities which are living in remote areas remain vulnerable to traffickers who take advantage of their poverty.
“Every year, we rescue children and young women who have been trafficked and we find it is often the people they trust who sell them. It could be an aunt, a neighbour or a boyfriend,” Michael Brosowski, founder of Blue Dragon, said.
“Rally Indochina helps fund our work to stop human trafficking and pay for the rescue of people who have already been trafficked.”
The rally zooms out of Hà Nội on May 3 and will return to the city on May 11.
“It’s an adventure of a lifetime, and it also saves many lives in the process. What more can one ask for?” Phillips said.
“Trafficking is a global problem, but we are trying to combat this in whatever way we can. Blue Dragon is doing a fantastic job and we are really happy to support the work it does.”
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