Bluestone Foundation Vietnam to Cambodia Cycle

By Kathryn Slade V2C Team

Over the last year our resort guests and community fundraisers have raised over £20,000 for The Bluestone Foundation. 

The Bluestone Foundation was established to help people to help themselves through environmental, economic and social projects in Pembrokeshire and is purely funded from the donations of our guests along with fundraisers arranged by its committee. The foundation provides economic growth and social opportunities to the people of West Wales through projects funded by the money we raise. 

Bluestone’s CEO William McNamara is keen to involve staff in the fundraising efforts of the Bluestone Foundation and has set a team of twelve employees with the challenge of a lifetime which will shortly be completed! After months of training, in October the team will be flying out to Vietnam to cycle 500 kilometres to their final destination of Cambodia. 

The team will cycle through beautiful rural landscapes dotted with ruins of ancient civilisations and small towns where Buddhist temples nestle amongst graceful French colonial buildings and ramshackle houses. 

Due to the amount of applicants, interviews were held to whittle down the numbers to twelve. The group covers a variety of the resort’s departments with an age range from 23 to 62. 

Christopher Lo, an environmental maintenance assistant at Bluestone, signed up for the charity ride after losing three stone in weight.  

“I wanted to do it as a ‘thank you’ to Bluestone. My weight loss came after a health check twelve months ago which was part of a wellness programme at work. I just dropped in for a check, quite confidently but left learning that I wasn’t as healthy as I thought and that I was susceptible to heart problems. I was given lots of advice and support and I found the lifestyle changes surprisingly easy” said Chris.  I’ve never felt fitter and can’t wait to take part in this challenge. Cycling for charity is a great incentive in itself, but the opportunity to travel to such an interesting place adds extra excitement!”

Ruth Thompson, who works as a payroll officer, hadn’t been on a bike for 48 years before she signed up to the V2C challenge.

“I was totally unfit and hadn’t been on a bike for more than four decades, but I’m probably fitter now than I was in my 40s,” said Ruth, who has since April been attending a free aqua aerobics class which is offered to all Bluestone employees. “One of my colleagues suggested I do it, and I thought, why not! I’m really excited about being given the opportunity to travel. Everyone seems to go travelling to far-flung places these days, but I’m from a generation who didn’t go backpacking. I’ve been abroad, but never to anywhere as exciting as Vietnam or Cambodia. It really is a wonderful opportunity and a great way to raise some money for the Bluestone Foundation!”

All members of the Bluestone team have had a percentage of their flights and costs paid for by the company, but all are expected to raise a minimum of £1,500 each for charity. To keep up to date with their journey, follow the Bluestone Foundation page on Facebook

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