Our first day went well. With showers and occasional thunderstorms around we had a lazy morning leaving Applecross around 8:45. We headed West to Cottesloe beach, our most Westerly point to get some photos and water from the Indian Ocean to drag across the continent. A storm cell decided to pass us too close for my liking, but at least the wind was mostly behind us. Then we were led by Marty our trusted local and a friend from way back through some Perth back streets and bike paths, past the city and out to Midlands.
Being a bit wet we headed inside for some lunch. Then it was off to the foot of the hill where our guide would leave us. We started up the hill on the bike path while that latest. Unfortunately it wasn’t as long as we’d like. After battling with no shoulders, rain and quickly dropping temperatures and then riding on soggy gravel with a heavy bike we finally made it to Mundaring. We stopped in at the local supermarket to get some basic supplies. Feeling soft we headed to a nearby motel for a hot shower and a chance to dry out.
Elevation gain 609m
4:12 hours riding
Marty’s house (Applecross) – Cottesloe Beach – Mundaring
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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
There are an estimated 100,000 children in China with HIV. Often outcasts to society they are left in orphanages and isolated in closed rooms resembling more of a cell than a place for a child to grow up.
The HIV virus is poorly understood and drives fear among China. The World Health Organization and Chinese government pay for medicine to treat the virus, but like modern day lepers these children have no chance of living productive and happy lives.
How do they get HIV?
Some of the children get HIV through their parents who have contracted the virus by giving blood and then receiving unscreened blood back. These are often from the poorest villages.
Can they go to school?
In some provinces before going to preschool children are screened. Any child with HIV is not allowed to go to school.
What is their chance of living a normal life?
With advances in medicine someone with HIV can live a long life and be a productive member of society. However these children are not given this opportunity.
Are they contagious?
You can only catch the virus by sharing bodily fluids such as blood. An HIV positive child could play safely alongside your kid sharing toys without any concern.
What does Elim Kids Do?
The main focus of Elim Kids is to find a caring home where these children can grow up. Some have been adopted into Western families and some live with Chinese families. They can then receive education and begin a more normal life.
The doctors at Elim help with education about HIV in communities to help diminish the stigma.
Alongside other help practical help is provided to caregivers.
All donations go directly to the work with children. They are tax deductible.
This is an article on the charity that Dan and I are riding to support. Please consider donating.
I’m looking forward to seeing the stars and whales on my trip across Australia. When we see the stars there will be no light pollution from big cities so we can see the stars easily. We will see the whales and stars on the Nullarbor.
Nullarbor means no trees, in Latin null means empty and arbor means trees.
We will see lots of whales. At the head of the bight on the Nullarbor we will see Southern Right Whales breeding and playing.