Of course it costs money to run these bikes, so rather than use the money we raise for the people of Burma, how bout you sponsor a bike?
We want to raise $1000 per bike to cover fuel and maintenance. There’s a thermometer to show progress here, and you can either make Paypal donation belowor just email us and tell us how much you want to give! Big thanks in advance!!!
Please click through here on the Donate Button to make a Paypal Donation
This will take you through to Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to use this link, just press the “Do not have an account” box. Make sure you say which rider its for in the details box!
Last year Big Bikes for Burma was the highlight of the year. Travelling with a top group of inspiring like minded blokes, having fun and raising funds for the children of Burma, I returned to Thailand with a vigor in me. Don’t get me wrong, the trip was exhausting, and I distinctly remember on the home leg to Auckland having to stop and have a sleep on the side of the road collapsed out with my helmet still on while Rob H took photos of me carked out and laughing at me “snoring like a baby Hippo!”.
I got such a buz from meeting new people in new places, and new churches and also meeting other riders along the way. We met folk from gangs to christian bike clubs, pastors to bearded Harley riders, and I loved every minute of it.
I am so looking forward to the Deep South Trip in Nov The lower South Island is a place I have only seen once in my teen years. I was awe inspired then by the beauty, and I am thrilled that we are going to be riding big bikes through those hills. Its a dream come true for me, doing one of the things I love the most, while bringing an inspiring message of hope to you in the Far Reaches of Godzone! The message we have is a special one. God is at work, and we are a part of it, Bikes and All!
My wonderful wife, Ruth and I, with our three awesome kids, Carrie, Ali and Caleb live and work in Thailand. We have been here since 2000. We started the NZ arm of an amazing charity called Partners Relief and Development. Its a sizable organization registered in 6 countries worldwide. The sole purpose of the organisation is based on John 10:10 “Free Full Lives for the Children of Burma”
Big Bikes for Burma has been organised to help you know, understand and support the Burma Story as well as to bring an encouraging message of hope to you
One story continues to drive me in my work whenever I think about it. I met a 12 year old boy on the border of Burma and Thailand. His name is Sai Boi. His father was killed by the Burma military, his mother died of sickness, he was bought to the border to live. He has no Burmese papers and no Thai papers. He is a stateless person. He lives in a huge dormitory with 100 other boys. At the time I met him, he was dying. He had contracted a minor illness, but because he is stateless, he did not receive medical attention. When he finally did receive medical help in Thailand it was too late. The cheapest drugs were used and he was discarded by medics in Thailand to die. Having been returned to the refugee camp, I met him. He was paralysed and dying and in absolute agony. However through a series of events which I can now only describe as miraculous, Sai Boi survived. Not only that, he is walking, and smiling, and laughing, and shy, and special….
I trained as a Pharmacist and practiced in NZ for 13 years.
The story of Sai Boi drove me to develop a health system for these people. In 3 years we have trained over 200 healthcare workers and medics. Basic health indicators show that the health situation is significantly improving.
There are literally hundreds of stories of hope, and the hope of Jesus is reaching into the hearts and minds of these beautiful people.
So why am I doing the Big Bikes for Burma trip? Well, I’m doing it for kids like Sai Boi and others like him. To tell their story. To draw you into their story. Their story is profound and deep. They have changed me.
Oh, a couple of other reasons I’m riding…… firstly, I get to ride a big bike again….. I miss that being in Thailand. Secondly, I get to spend 3 weeks with some of the most inspiring kiwi blokes I know, really, its gonna be a blast of a trip!
Please join us.
Sai Boi Today. My little Hero
Sai Boi, the day me and Dr Stuart Hockey found him
Sai Boi getting better, a few months after almost dying
Oh, and lastly, a photo of my favourite bike.
Yamaha XJ 750