Dutch duo cycles 110km in Bali, raising awareness and cash for HIV

Photo: Flickr
Photo: Flickr

Two Dutch nationals cycled 110 kilometers across Bali, raising thousands of dollars for an NGO combatting HIV on the island.

Ad Landheer, 55, and Mathieu, 55, biked from Tirta Ganga, Karangasem to Tanah Lot temple on Sunday, making it their third effort to raise funds to help people with HIV, according to Tribun Bali

The trip took half a day and the pair were reportedly able to raise USD 25,000 (Rp 325 million).

The pair explained that they chose Tanah Lot as the starting point because of its proximity to Canggu, where they live. 

“In Bali, it’s our routine to cycle every week, so we had an idea to combine cycling with raising funds for people with HIV,” Ad said. 

Ad, who has apparently lived in Bali for seven years, said he wanted to find a way to give back to the community. 

Money from the fundraiser will go to Yayasan Kerti Praja (YKP), a local organization dedicated to providing services with people with HIV. 

YKP Chairman Dr. Dewa Nyoman Wirawan said he’s deeply touched by the contributions brought on by the Dutch duo. 

Wirawan says the money will greatly help YKP’s clinic, which serves around 1600 patients. 

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