Celebrations for the Hands Across The Water annual bike ride from Bangkok to Baan Than Namchai started early this year. On Sunday 23rd waiting friends and family of the bike riders invited the children to Le Meridien hotel to enjoy lunch and a swim day.
In the evening we hosted the friends and family at BTNC where we held a Baan Than Namchai’s Got Talent Night. Three acts from our home, three from children of Baan ITV and three from children from Canchanaburi entertained us. As always the children were amazing and the efforts they had made with costumes and with polishing their acts impressed everyone. Frankie Stevens, one of the top talent judges and entertainers in New Zealand, was our principal judge and he did a wonderful job, praising and encouraging all the performers. He even gave us a couple of songs of his own and had everyone joining in with Que Sera Sera.
On the 25th the 37 bike riders came home. This is always an exciting event. Some of our children rode in with the HANDS riders, the rest lined the route clapping and cheering. The local high school band played and a radio controlled helicopter released sparkles from the sky.
There were lots of happy reunions as the very tired but very proud cyclists dismounted. 800K in 8 days, what an achievement!
The evening was all about celebrating the achievement. Children, staff, guests and cyclist shared dinner at Le Meridien before going to the beach to release lanterns over the sea, always a very moving experience.
The whole event ended with our Annual Friendship soccer matches. I’m not exactly sure of the score but I think Australia will be hoping to win next year!!
What a fantastic few days. Many thanks to everyone at Hands Across The Water for making this happen.