Readers may be interested to know that Baines and the team are offering school leavers an alternative to schoolies – the opportunity to be part of The Young Hands Ride in support of at risk children and communities in Thailand. Aimed at changing the lives of those in Thailand, The Young Hands Ride is a dry ride – no alcohol nor drugs – a lot different to a typical schoolies trip.
During a six day experience cycling through the east of Thailand, young school leavers are guided by the Tour de Asia team of experienced Thailand bike tour guides. There are three mentors, aged between 17 and 25 years from Hands Across the Water, who accompany a group of 12 school leavers.
But it doesn’t end with the ride. Riders are paired up with their mentors, who assist them throughout the year with their goals of training and fundraising.
Rhiannon Tuntevski is a Ride Mentor and, at 25 years old, has been a part of the Young Hands team since its inception in 2014. She completed her schooling at Belmont Christian College, then her Bachelor of Communications at the University of Newcastle.