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The Long Way Home

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We met our fundraising target of $20k for young sports women and we would now like to support the victims of the shooting in Christchurch

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We are three kiwis riding our bikes home from Switzerland to New Zealand.

​What started as some idle chat whilst climbing mountain passes on our bikes in Switzerland, has turned into a reality. We have quit our jobs and will be setting off from Lausanne, April 30th 2018.

Destination - New Zealand

​Join us as we strap our essentials to our bikes and head off through Europe, Turkey, Iran, 'the Stans', China and South East Asia before the final trek down the length of New Zealand. Camping, head winds, tail winds, snow storms, heat waves, border crossings, navigation errors, yarns with the locals and many, many laughs. We would like to connect with as many Olympians in each country along the way, to understand their stories, share ours and help spread the Olympic values.

​In a nutshell - ​one huge adventure

With your help, we want to make the trip as much about raising money to help young women achieve their sporting goals as it is about us having an adventure. When we were young, all three of us benefitted from generous people who shared our vision, believed in us, and helped to kick start our sporting careers with financial support to purchase oars, javelins and the odd plane ticket.

So we thought it was a great opportunity to give back and support some young women in their dream to do something extraordinary; young women who are not afraid to have a crack. So we are raising funds for the Forward Foundation (www.forwardfoundation.co.nz) that is closely aligned with what we want to achieve.

So please give generously, we are pedalling hard to reach our target of $1 per km. Let's do it!!

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We are raising money to help young women achieve their sporting goals as it is about us having an adventure. We thought it was a great opportunity to give back and support some young women in their dream to do something extraordinary. 

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Update-

We have reached our goal! Any more donations raised will be passed to Victim Support for the Christchurch Shooting Victims.

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Three kiwis who lived in Switzerland decided to quit their jobs and cycle back to New Zealand, raising money to support the Forward Foundation (www.forwardfoundation.co.nz) helping aspiring young women, connecting with Olympians along the way and having one huge adventure!

Emma Twigg (31) – Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 Olympian, former World Champion Rower, iron-man competitor, conquered Mt Kilimanjaro, born and bred in Hawkes Bay.

Sarah Van Ballekom (28) – NZ Universities Rowing Rep, marathoner, half iron-man competitor, conquered Mt Kilimanjaro, born and bred in Christchurch.

Rebecca Wardell (40) – Beijing 2008 Olympian (Athletics), cycled in Indian Himalayas, Chile and Bolivia, born and bred in North Otago.

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Rebecca Jane Wardell.
“Good job, you will be making a difference to the lives of the young and old you meet along the way and they to you. Work to be done, best wishes and safe adventures.”
“Such an amazing adventure for such a great cause!”
“So proud of you girls!! We are thinking of you every km of the way!”
“You guys are amazing! Have a safe trip! Visit PyeongChang again sometime later.”
“So proud of you ladies!! An awesome effort. We are tracking you all the way x”
“You guys are amazing!!! So lovely to catch up - kia kaha for the rest of the ride. Big hugs! Hel & Stef.”
“You are the most amazing women. Congratulations and thank you for coming on our podcast. Can't wait to follow the rest of the adventure....”
“A great cause, something very dear to my heart, have fun and stay safe xx”
“Epic!! Safe travels!”
“Hi guys! just discovered thanks to Linkedin the amazing adventure you're in. You're the best and I'm happy to contribute to your dream. You're all wonder women. Cheers Lu”
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