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This page can be downloaded as a word document: Cycle Cambodia 2006 - Frequently Asked Questions (Word document, cam06a_faqs.doc)

WHAT MAKES THE ICT CYCLE CAMBODIA CHALLENGE DIFFERENT? 
ICT is one of the few international organisations running fundraising challenge events in the countries where we actually work. You therefore have the unique opportunity to visit one of our projects and see for yourself how the money you raise makes a difference. Although Seam Reap and Phnom Penh are well-trodden tourist areas, Sihanoukville is much less so, and rarely do visitors to Cambodia stop in towns like Takeo and Khep. You will therefore have the rare opportunity to see Cambodia life, in areas relatively untouched by tourism. After our stunning 5-day, cycle and well-deserved celebrations, we will visit the ICT project in Sihanoukville which is working to support and protect vulnerable street children.

 

WHY CAMBODIA?
Cambodia has a tragic history. Approximately 2 million people were killed in the genocide during the Pol Pot regime, which has left the population mentally scarred. However they are a forward-looking population, keen to put these events behind them and bring their population out of poverty. ICT began work in Cambodia in early 2005 and therefore wants to show support to our partner by visiting them as part of a cycle challenge event. Our event partners, Action Challenge UK, have held several cycle rides in the country so know the country and the culture well.

 
IS IT SAFE?
Yes, Cambodia is a very safe country to visit so long as you behave sensibly and responsibly. There is still Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in some rural areas, which are clearly signposted. As long as you keep to the main roads and paths as instructed by the guides, you will be perfectly safe. There is a UK embassy in Phnom Penh who will be able to advice us should any security issue arise.
 

HAS ICT DONE THIS SORT OF THING BEFORE?
Yes, Cycle Cambodia 06 will be ICT's forth cycle challenge event. The first was in Sri Lanka in 2003, the second in India in March 2005 and the third in Sri Lanka in October 2005. The trips we have run so far have been highly enjoyable and successful and ICT is now well versed in providing you with all the support you need for fundraising and training.

 

HOW DO I RAISE ALL THAT MONEY?
Once you have registered to take part on the event, you will receive a detailed fundraising pack full of ideas to help you raise the sponsorship money. This includes information on; on-line fundraising, writing to local charitable trusts, getting money from local businesses, door-to-door collections and holding events. The ICT team will be on hand to guide you through the fundraising and give you all the support that you need. The nature of the challenge and the good cause that you are supporting will encourage a great response from your local area. Many participants often find they easily raise above and beyond the minimum sponsorship required.

 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY I RAISE GO?
Approximately 1200 of the total money raised goes towards the flight and ground costs of the trip (internal transport, hotels, meals etc). The rest of the money that is raised supports ICT's overall work assisting displaced children and young people in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India and Kenya.

 

WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE WILL BE TAKING PART?
Individuals from all backgrounds, ages and walks of life will be taking part in the challenge. Previous participants have ranged from company directors to recent graduates. Cycling is something everyone can do and anyone over the age of 18 can enter the event. What people will have in common is the enthusiasm and the commitment to take part.

 

HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?
This trip is designed to be an enjoyable challenge for the average person. However, you must train and get fit to get the most out of your challenge. We suggest that you slowly build up your fitness levels over the months leading up to the challenge.

 
HOW MUCH SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE ON THE EVENT?
Cycle Cambodia is being run in conjunction with Action Challenge UK Ltd. Throughout the whole trip professionals will be on hand to ensure that safety is the top priority. The challenge will also be supported by an Action challenge rep, an ICT rep, a physiotherapist, a mechanic, a police escort a local English-speaking guide and a local support team that might even give you a push up the hills, should you require it!
 
WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?
All participants must take out insurance to cover the whole challenge. This must include cover for travel, health, accident and loss. We also advise participants to make sure that the insurance companies know the full nature of the challenge to ensure that every aspect of the event is covered.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T RAISE THE AMOUNT REQUIRED?
All sponsorship money must be raised before the event. We will ask you to have raised a percentage of the sponsorship money by certain dates. If you cannot do it, it is possible that you may forfeit your right to take part. However, if you are having difficulties please let us know. Remember, you are not on your own, with our fresh ideas and support you will succeed. We will also put you in contact with other people taking part in the event so you can support each other and exchange fundraising tips.
 
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TAKE PART IN CYCLE CAMBODIA? 
First of all you need to fill out a registration form enclosing a non-refundable 300 registration fee. Then you need to raise a minimum of 3000 in sponsorship money before you depart on the trip. Once you have registered with us we will send you all the additional information that you need.
 
For further information please contact ICT on local rate Tel: 0845 33 00 533 or, Email: [email protected].
 
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