The official charity for the Laos Unicycle
Tour was OXFAM, which run a number of projects in Laos. Laos is one of the
poorest nations in South East Asia, and our LUT riders were keen to make a
difference as part of this challenge. The Unicyclists came across many
villages and towns with only very basic living standards- no electricity, no
running water, and little or no health care. Despite this, we were
welcomed into many of these peoples' lives and experienced only warmth (and many
curious looks) as we pedalled across the country on our unicycles.
The Laos Unicycle Tour raised over $4500 for OXFAM.
Thanks to everybody who sponsored LUT riders in the charity challenge, and Unicycle.com
NZ for organising our online donations.
Here is a bit about OXFAM:
"Oxfam works to find lasting
solutions to poverty and injustice"
"Oxfam supports local people in
overcoming poverty and injustice in more than 100 countries around the world.
To make the greatest impact in people's lives, Oxfam works in many ways - from
responding to emergency situations caused by war or disaster, to giving people
the long-term support they need to take more control of their lives and
working to change the injustices which keep people poor."
"Oxfam believes that in a world
rich in resources, poverty is not inevitable. Instead, poverty results from
unjust polices and the denial of basic human rights and opportunities,
especially to women, children and minorities. Oxfam is committed to fighting
for the rights of all people to have access to an education, adequate health
care, safe water, a voice in society, equality of opportunity and freedom from
violence. Oxfam is committed to fighting for better lives for the world's
poor, helping them to win real and lasting change. We are committed to ending