Generous Donation Made By Australian Cyclists soon after a visit to OMID May 22, 2017 by Kim In the second week of April, OMID was visited by a group of cyclists from Australia, who were cycling through Iran to visit Isfahan and Shiraz. The cyclists were on a tour organized by Social Cycles, who run life changing adventure tours that link cycling and visiting local sites whilst connecting with local NGOs. On April 9, Brett Seychell, founder of Social Cycles, visited us and on the next day was joined by the rest of the group. Our visitors took in a tour of our premises, met and talked to some of the young women in our program and on returning home the group made a generous donation of $862, by way of a combination of individual donations and funds raised individually by the participating riders. OMID would like to express our deep gratitude for their generosity. Social Cycles host small group cycle adventures for travellers with a social conscience and a sense of adventure who want to learn how to make a difference. Brett explains: “We connect like minded people who want to help with NGOs that need help. We introduce you to real, sustainable and local NGOs across the developing world and allow them to teach you about what really happens in their country. We will test your physical boundaries, challenge your perception of charity and completely open your mind” Brett (pictured above in the white t-shirt) first came across OMID when on a previous tour, six years ago. Melbourne born and bred, Brett has spent the last few years cycling across the world from London to Melbourne. As founder of The Kindness of Strangers NGO, Brett spent those years researching NGOs across the globe and financing 13 small projects across six different countries. “I first heard of OMID when I cycled through Iran way back in 2011. I was on an epic London to Melbourne bicycle ride with a view to find, learn more about and support local NGOs. It was under the banner of The Kindness of Strangers. I even did a little blog about my first visit to OMID back then. After arriving back to Melbourne, I just felt that the above interaction (and so many more like them across the world) opened up a whole new world to travel. Meeting local people and understanding some of the social impact issues we have in common, and what communities and cultures do to deal with them going forward, is a great way to learn about how similar we all are. I also felt that Iran was incredibly friendly. Like nothing I have ever experienced before and something that everybody should witness, to truly understand. So based on that, I created Social Cycles. It is to give people the opportunity to learn first hand from local experts. It enables a much deeper, more meaningful travel experience. We do trips in Cambodia, Vietnam, Samoa, Laos and Iran. I’m planning another trip to Iran in September.” For more information about Social Cycles and to find out how to take part in their forthcoming trip from Tehran to Shiraz, from September 27 to October 8, please click here to visit their website. To make your own donation to OMID please click here.