Interest in India sets charitable wheels in motion
SIXTEEN Australians will be joining Ballina man Matthew Brice on a seven-day, 240km bike ride for charity in India this November.
Mr Brice, who fell in love with India during his first visit in 2011, flew out on Saturday before the tour begins on November 1.
"When I was on the road in Kerala (on India's southernmost point) on my last cycle trip, I just thought, this is so beautiful ... I just thought to myself, I have to share this."
Mr Brice's passion for India and its people began in November 2011 on a six-month cycling journey around the country, stretching 4000km.
When he returned home he found himself thinking about India all the time, so he organised a few more trips back.
It was during one of those trips that he had a realisation.
"I was thinking about my purpose in life ... and then in the next few days I was walking around in Varanasi (in India's north) and I saw some medical students helping kids with vaccinations and minor injuries," Mr Brice said.
"That planted the first seed in my mind where I wanted to help the kids in India."
Since then Mr Brice has been supporting and raising money to help children in poverty gain access to education.
The upcoming bike tour, called Cycle for Brighter Futures, will raise money for the Brighter Futures Study Centre in Delhi.
The trip will be held from November 1-7 and the group's progress will be updated via their Instagram account, cycleforbrighterfutures.
Mr Brice plans to open a cafe in Ballina called the Collective Kitchen in February.
He said the profits would be donated to charity.