Tandem for trafficking

Naresh cycles with Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt on his journey.

A tandem bike called Kindness passed through Wanaka last week cycled by one man who has a mission to help victims of human trafficking.

Naresh Kumar cycled the entire length of the country in 35 days to raise money for Tearfund NZ and its #StandWithHer campaign, finishing his challenge last week.

The athlete’s support for the cause comes from an incident in Nepal in which he was approached by a man offering to sell him sex with young girls. “I felt such outrage, such anger.

This is what is happening right under our nose. We need to be their voice,” Naresh, who cycled up to 100km a day, said.

“You feel pain on this journey but it is nothing compared to what these children go through on a daily basis.”

Around 140 people across the country joined Naresh on his tandem bike for sections of the journey and he is now making his way back to Auckland where he will auction Kindness, thanking everyone he met along the way.

Naresh’s goal was to raise $20,000 for the charity, but his total is now more than $42,000 and counting.

To donate visit give.everydayhero.com/nz/freedomseat

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Wanaka Sun | 23 - 29 Mar 2017 | Edition 810


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