A documentary tracking 10 young professionals as they cycle the 400 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Siem Reap, Cambodia, raising money for not-for-profit organisation ‘Carpets for Communities’ (CfC) will première in Canberra this Friday, 29 June.
Filmed last year by LateNite films, it follows the six-day journey of Gone Cyclin’, a Singapore-based initiative made up of individuals passionate for sports and raising money for, and awareness of, sustainable causes.
CfC Chief Executive Officer, Lindsey Ritchie, said that the organisation aimed to empower women living in the rural Poi Pet community in Cambodia by providing them with a steady income through the production of hand-made, eco-friendly rugs.
“These unique carpets are sold in cities around Australia, including here in Canberra, and provide a much needed regular income to the families,” Lindsey said.
“This ensures that their children, who were at risk of child labour and human trafficking, return to school within 48 hours.”
Through the Spinning Dreams project, the Gone Cyclin’ team aims to raise $60,000 for CfC.
“We hope to bring people along for the ride with us via the documentary and ultimately inspire them to take up similar causes,” said Gone Cyclin’ founder, Ashwin.
CfC has been operating since 2005 and has so far assisted 37 families, returned 180 children to school and supported four adolescents to go to university.
‘Spinning Dreams’ will be screened at Canberra Girls Grammar Multimedia Theatre from 7pm.
The evening will also include music and entertainment. Snacks, raffle tickets and carpets will be available for purchase (cash only). Proceeds will go towards returning children at risk to school.
Preview the documentary and purchase tickets at: spinningdreamscanberra.eventbrite.com or find us at www.facebook.com/carpetsforcommunities