Ride For Hope: The Road to Positive Change

One year after seven riders successfully completed the 2,500-kilometer (about 1,553-mile) cycling journey from Shenzhen to Shanghai in the 2014 Ride for Hope charity cycling initiative, a group of eight volunteer riders will begin a week-long course from Guilin to Hong Kong on January 3, 2015!

With the goal to collect money to conduct renovations and extensions for a local primary school and build 40 more water wells for the Yao villages in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, eight volunteer riders will pedal off from Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin, pass through Guangdong Province, and expect to reach the final point at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong on January 9, 2015. This goal will build upon the funds raised for the Yao villages in the first Ride for Hope in 2013, which helped build over 20 water wells.

Nicholas Smith, hotel manager of Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, will lead the seven-day ride. He also headed the core team of riders that cycled from Shenzhen to Shanghai in 2013.

“It is not easier compared with last time." said Smith. "Though it's shortened to seven days, whereas last year it was 21 days, there is no rest day arranged in between, while there was a rest day for every four days. However, with dedication and persistence to help the villagers, we will complete the challenging tour on time.”

James Chau, a leading broadcaster, writer and United Nations goodwill ambassador, has been invited be the charity ambassador for the second Ride for Hope.

“It is a true privilege to be supporting Ride for Hope and the vision it provides not only for the villages of Guangxi Zhuang, but also the millions of people who live in poverty worldwide," said Chau. "Increasing access to basic services is the first step to creating a fairer and more equal world – and I am proud that Shangri-La is a part of this critical process.”

With the support of our colleagues and guests, we look forward to sending off our cyclists for this amazing cause!