Sykes cycles to end the cycle

Avid Coffs Harbour cyclist Kylie Sykes is riding 500km through Cambodia in November to raise money for Life and Hope.
Avid Coffs Harbour cyclist Kylie Sykes is riding 500km through Cambodia in November to raise money for Life and Hope. ROB WRIGHT

INSPIRED by the generosity of the people of Cambodia, a local cyclist is ready to do her bit to help those less fortunate.

In November Kylie Sykes will be riding 500km in a week to help raise funds for the Life and Hope Association.

The education-focused organisation was established in 2005 and is run by Wat Damnak monks in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap.

Life and Hope is trying to break the cycle of poverty in Cambodia by providing compassionate care and acceyclss to education to the poorest and most vulnerable in the country.

Having traveled to Cambodia so many times before, Ms Sykes said that it's not hard to be inspired by the people of Cambodia.

"I went there for a holiday and the people there are absolutely amazing," Ms Sykes said.

"They've got nothing but they're willing to give you everything."

Kylie will be joined on her ride from Pnomh Penh to Siem Reap by her daughter Chloe.

Riding for Life and Hope was an easy decision to make after seeing the wonderful work that it has achieved in such a short space of time.

"You meet people on the street over there and you say you're there for Life and Hope and they say 'Oh I went to school at Life and Hope' because they have English classes among others that they run."

Part of the fundraising effort is a big dinner and auction to be held at C.ex Coffs on August 4.

With the help of fellow local Kate Mclennan who is also doing her own ride from Laos to Cambodia this year to raise funds to see the installation of water tanks in villages and toilets in the homes of Laotian families who go without these basic necessities.

Ms Sykes said that the big night will be one well worth attending.

"We've already got some big prizes for that and it's all about helping the kids," she said.

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