Liz Darley and Catherine Howett completed their 10,000km journey overland by bicycle from London to the Camillian Social Center Rayong which is an orphanage for children living with HIV/AIDS on the 20th of March 2011. The journey from London took them 10 months with many adventures along the way which you can read about on their own website at http://onelittlewheel.com/ the aim of these two intrepid adventures was to spread the word about HIV/AIDS prevention in all the countries they passed through on their way to Thailand. These countries include Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Dubai, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia before finally arriving in Rayong Thailand.
The last day of their ride began at day break in Pattaya in front of the Town Hall where Liz and Catherine were welcomed by Bob Usher from the Thai Cycling for Health. Association (TCHA) and very many Thai cycling enthusiasts plus the Mayor of Pattaya. The girls set of after many speeches of congratulation with a complement of over 150 bicycles on the way to Ban Chang and the Camel Pub where Mr. Terry Tansley the owner and many of the locals were eagerly awaiting their arrival. After some refreshments and many more congratulations the children who had prepared their bicycles for the trip back to the center joined the multitude of well wishers. There where many cameras from press of all over Thailand and many doing interviews with Liz and Catherine also some where interviewing the children. Amongst these was Anna from Pattaya Bay Entertainment and Pottsey their top DJ.
On the short ride back to the center from the Camel Pub just some 8KM there were a few break downs amongst the armatures manly from the center itself but not to worry there were also many pickup trucks trailing behind to pick up stragglers. Fr, Giovanni Contarin the founder of the Camillian Social Center Rayong was there himself to welcome the girls. He was accompanied by Mr., Daniel Pruce and his wife Rachael. Mr., Daniel Pruce is deputy head of mission at the British Embassy also there to great Liz and Catherine where the Governor of Rayong Province and other heads of governmental departments. Mr, Daniel Pruce and his wife Rachael had also brought with them a collection of rice that the British Embassy staff had collected for our center. On talking to Mrs., Pruce Rachael she agreed with me that these two gallant and very adventurous young ladies should have their names put forward for consideration when it come to the New Years Honors list in the United Kingdom.
After many speeches of congratulations from the dignitaries present it was disco time for the children sponsored by Pattaya Bay Radio 103FM, and hosted by Top DJ Pottsey. By the end of the day everybody seemingly including Mr., Daniel Pruce and his wife Rachael where tired having enjoyed a wonderful day.