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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.
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
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
| 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
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
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].