From France to China by bike for WaterAid

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16 Oct 2014 | AU

Perth woman, Kelly Sheldrick, is completing an epic, 6 month,10,000 kilometre bicycle journey between France and China, in a personal challenge to raise awareness and funds for WaterAid.

Kelly Sheldrick was inspired to support WaterAid after learning about the dangers and risks that women and girls in developing countries face every day doing basic tasks like collecting water, washing, and going to the toilet.

“I've read a lot of articles recently about issues related to the dangers, such as rape and assault, some women in developing countries risk when doing, what I consider to be, everyday tasks, such as washing and going to the toilet,” said Ms Sheldrick.

748 million people around the world do not have access to clean, safe water, and 1 in 3 people do not have adequate access to sanitation. The funds raised by the ‘France to China by bike’ journey will help WaterAid transform the lives of the world’s poorest people with improved access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Kelly Sheldrick set a fundraising goal of $10,000 - $1 for every kilometre travelled.

“If I can raise enough money to help save just a couple of girls from the dangers of going to the toilet in the open, than all the pain, stress and hard work endured during the bicycle trip will be worth it,” said Ms Sheldrick.

Kelly Sheldrick, along with her boyfriend Michael Cowgill, set off on their ‘France to China by bike’ journey in late April. As of 16 October 2014 they have already travelled over 8,000 kilometres, and are fast approaching the Chinese border. Ms Sheldrick has already raised over $3,000 for WaterAid.

You can support Kelly and Michael’s ‘France to China by bike’ journey by making a donation to WaterAid here: give.everydayhero.com/au/france-to-china-by-bike

Follow the ‘France to China by bike’ journey and blog posts via their Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/francetochinabybike

To find out more about WaterAid’s work please visit: www.wateraid.org/au

Media opportunities

Kelly Sheldrick's father Mark Sheldrick (based in Perth), is available for media interviews upon request. Ms Sheldrick is currently in transit between Kazahkstan and China.

Contact

Kathryn Kenyon, Community Engagement Coordinator, 03 9001 8254 or kathryn.kenyon@wateraid.org.au

About WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit: www.wateraid.org/au