Cycling in solidarity : accounts from the first Vietnam Classic


Since 2010, Vredeseilanden (VECO in Belgium) has organised bike tours named “Vredeseilanden Classics” to raise funds for VECO’s projects worldwide. After three successful editions in Senegal, Vredeseilanden Classics have been organised in Benin, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Sulawesi in Indonesia. Now, for the first time the event is being held in Vietnam to the delight of food-lovers and nature-enthusiasts.

Before joining the Classic, each participant commits to raising a minimum of 3,000€ (72,000,000 VND) back home to support VECO’s programmes. In order to do so, the bikers mobilise their networks to seek direct donations and organise actions such as fundraising parties or bake sales. About 30% of the amount collected goes directly to fund projects in the Classic’s host country while the remaining amount is used to support VECO’s activities in other countries of the network.

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