The man himself and trusty Becak
Our Project "Becakterus" has not yet started but on the 28th of September 2015 Battle with the elements, roads, mountains, hills and hopefully not too many blisters will commence. A Plucky Brit by the name of Scott Thompson will, on that day commence his most arduous fundraising feat ever! Becakterus. Becakterus will be Scott Thompson’s third ultra charity marathon. In 2010 he ran 250 km in the Sahara for three days, and in 2012 he took it to the next level by running a total of 1,250 km from Bali to Jakarta in four weeks. The marathon from Bali to Jakarta two years ago contributed a great amount of funds to help Yayasan Anak Cinta Bangsa (YCAB) build several Rumah Belajar (Learning House) for unprivileged children in Bali and other provinces in Indonesia. There are millions of impoverished families in Indonesia that try desperately hard to feed, clothe and educate their children, the Learning Houses provide a safe and happy environment for the children to gain basic Education, English, IT, and soft skills.
Scott Thompson, will accomplish another one of his unique challenges: BecakTerus, a rickshaw charity ride.
In 20 days, Scott hopes to achieve a 2,612 km ride with a Becak, across eight provinces starting from Banda Aceh City to Jakarta. All proceeds from this Project will be donated to Yayasan Anak Cinta Bangsa (YCAB Foundation), to enable us to keep opening new Learning Houses and to keep the doors firmly open at our 68 existing ones. Becakterus will not only contribute in terms of donations, but Scott’s journey will also raise the public’s awareness on the visions and missions of the YCAB Foundation who since 1999 have attained a total outreach of 2,699,582 people.
Just to give you Guys N Gals out there the 'skinny', the 'lowdown' or just a little explanation of what a Becak is.
A becak or a rickshaw, is one of Indonesia’s traditional modes of transportation, which is now regarded as old-fashioned, as many cities have stopped using it. It may seem quite impossible for a three-wheeled small carriage to reach Jakarta in three weeks, especially at an average rate of 150 km per day. In order for the charity ride to be successful, Scott has modified his own becak accordingly and has named it the “Flying Merah Putih.” (Flying Red and White) as per the Indonesia flag. The Becak is a symbol of the people of Asia who are slowly moving forwards, but not forgetting their past.
Training out on the streets of Jakarta
Having a laugh with the local Police
Kids in school opened by YCAB and Scott Thompson