The ICEF Education Fund is proud to support a variety of projects that finance and champion education and training projects for youth in need. The Education Fund has supported projects across the globe effectively helping disadvantaged youth on their journey to education, personal growth, and social engagement.
Among the numerous educational initiatives ICEF has selected to support, is Hands Across the Water (HATW). The initiative was launched after a devastating tsunami struck the west coast of Thailand and neighbouring countries, in 2004, leaving hundreds of Thai children orphaned. HATW currently finances the operation of seven homes for children across Thailand.
To date, HATW has raised over AU$20 million to support children and communities in Thailand and now cares for more than 350 children. These include orphans, children with HIV, and victims of sex trafficking. In addition to providing shelter, food, and security, HATW focuses on giving children choices and education. Since the launch of the charity 12 years ago, 47 children have been provided scholarships to undertake higher education and training. Many return to work with HATW, as both an expression of their gratitude, and an ongoing commitment to community service.
From April 15 to 22, 2019 Rod and Cathy Hearps will be cycling 500km in six days, ending at HATW funded New Life Home. Rod and Cathy are personally financing every aspect of the ride, including travel to, and within, Thailand. 100% of every sponsorship dollar will go towards the provision of services to HATW homes and projects, without one cent being spent on administrative, overheads, or other costs.
ICEF has committed to helping the Hearps achieve their target to raise AU$15 000 for HATW. To support this worthy cause, ICEF is donating AU$30 on behalf of every organisation booking a table or booth at ICEF Australia New Zealand (ANZA) 2019.
ICEF encourages you and your organisation to make a difference in the lives of children in need by matching or exceeding our contribution. HATW is a registered charity, and for Australian donors, contributions over $2 are entirely tax deductible. Visit the following link to donate now: https://www.handsgroup.org.au/my-experiences/event/business-blueprint-thailand-ride-2019/icefeducation-fund/. You’ll be sent a tax receipt right away.