Cycle Across Vietnam – Cycle a Difference

‘Each newborn child has the promise of a life – of love, family and achievement. In Vietnam, many children never get the chance to live beyond their first day, and the promise is lost’.

The Cycle a Difference sponsored challenge ride in May 2013 is aimed at enthusiastic fit cyclists – 850 miles in 10 days across northwest and central Vietnam, to support Newborns Vietnam’s work to reduce newborn deaths.

This is a challenging ride for a great cause! Enjoy ever changing and spectacular landscapes from Hanoi to Lao Cai and down to Da Nang. The northwest is a remote region and represents the finest Vietnam has to offer in terms of colour, human interest and the thrill and discovery of the unknown. The terrain is stunning with mountains and hills nestled between terraced rice paddies with opportunities to see something of the lives of the colourful hill tribes. Wake up to mist cloaked jungle and the sounds and rhythms of everyday life that have not changed for centuries, enjoy great food try the many regional dishes or simple enjoy a bowl of Pho at a roadside stall.

You will gain a sense of Vietnam’s history as you cycle on the Ho Chi Minh trail your final challenge is to scale the Hai Van Pass for one of the most beautiful views in the world and then downhill to Da Nang and a very warm welcome at the Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children. You will visit the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and meet the Doctors, nurses and babies that your ride is supporting.

Funds from Cycle a Difference will:
• bring British medical and nursing expertise to central Vietnam
• provide the first specialist neonatal nurse training programme,
• develop a long-term academic partnership with UK University & Nursing College,
that will lay down the foundation to advance newborn care in Vietnam,
• provide essential lifesaving equipment,
• help further reduce the number of newborn babies that die.

The minimum total amount you need to raise is £3,000 sponsorship. Please note that Newborns Vietnam has no employees, and the management of its activities, and the Cycle a Difference ride, is done by unpaid volunteers. We are seeking corporate sponsorship for flights and accommodation and our aim is for 100% of your sponsorship to go towards lifesaving equipment and nurse training. We will post on the website news of the corporate sponsors as they come on board.
Full details of the ride at or contact Luke, the ride team captain,

For the 2013 Corporate Sponsorship Brochure Click here

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