A former Head Girl at Rydal Penrhos recently completed a gruelling cycling challenge to raise funds for an Australian Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking organisation.
Heidi Nash-Smith, who attended Penrhos College between 1992-99, was part of a 16-strong team that cycled a total of 250 kilometres through the stunning countryside, bustling cities and friendly villages of Cambodia in aid of International Justice Mission Australia.
The challenge started in Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat, and saw the team cycle to Battambang and onto Phnom Penh.
Along the way, the team spent time with not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises working with survivors of trafficking and forced labour.
The final two days of the challenge was spent in Phnom Penh with IJM’s field office, where they got a first-hand view of the work of the National Investigations and Enforcement Team, in addition to hearing for themselves the stories of those IJM has rescued.
Their sterling efforts managed to raise $51,919.70 (£31,786.81) that will go towards the IJM’s new labour tracking project in Cambodia.
Heidi and the team trained vigorously for a year in the lead-up to the challenge in order to build of the endurance needed to complete the task, and they also used this time to learn more about IJM's work and the global issue of modern slavery.
This is the latest in a long line of fundraising successes from the former pupil and So They Can ambassador, with Heidi also completing the intense Australian Outback Running Festival.
She said: “It is clear to me that the work that IJM is doing in Cambodia is making a difference.
“Their system of justice transformation works, and importantly, it empowers the local people to uphold their own laws and to hold the people who violate those laws to account.”
You can read all about Heidi’s journey at https://marathonefforts.com/.