IN October, Peter and Jane Harvey will ride through the rice fields, limestone mountains and small agricultural villages of Vietnam in the name of Variety.
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The husband and wife team, joined by fellow Novocastrian cyclists Adam and Meagan Glascock, David Muscat, Murray Webber and Joan Copas, will ride more than 300 kilometres over eight days through Vietnam’s scenic countryside.

ON THEIR BIKES: Peter and Jane Harvey will ride bikes through Vietnam as part of a Variety charity event.

Peter Harvey said they had participated in a Vietnam trek for Variety in 2010.

“I suggested to a few people that we meet with World Expeditions and do a mountain-bike trek as well,” he said.

While there from October 12 to 20, the group will also work with local tradesmen to build an amenities block for a preschool in the small village of Mai Chau.

“This time we wanted to leave a legacy behind to show that we’d been there and we’ve made a difference,” he said.

“At the moment, the preschool just has a little shed where they wash their dishes and go to the toilet, so we’re going to build them a sheltered kitchen and an amenities block in two days.

“That’s another reason it’d be great to have another couple of cyclists on board – many hands make light work.

“We are also hoping to raise about $30,000 for the kids of the Hunter.”

The group hopes to attract community support and corporate sponsorship, as well as entice more cyclists to join them on their fund-raising adventure.

“We’ll be doing 40 to 50 kilometres a day over about six hours each day,” Harvey said.

“So we’ll stop, have some lunch, enjoy the views and spend a couple of days building the facilities – you don’t need to be an advanced cyclist, you just need to be open-minded, and enjoy the opportunity to see some scenery you’d never get to see in a car. The wet season has finished so the climate will be great.”

They have been passionate supporters of Variety for a long time.

“Jane and I have been involved with Variety for about 11 years, ever since our daughter was diagnosed with a disability. Variety helped my family with equipment for my daughter, and this was our way of giving back.”

Variety is a not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, with practical equipment, programs and experiences.

The Harveys were already into mountain biking, but since agreeing to the challenge, Jane Harvey had stepped up the training to prepare.

The Harveys and their fellow cyclists are hosting a black tie fund-raiser for the cause at Merewether Surfhouse on September 13. Tickets are $100, and guests are encouraged to dress in black and white. For tickets, call 0413 581 555.

To contribute to the cause, visit everydayhero杭州夜生活m.au/event/Vietnamadventure or contact Variety on 9819 1001.