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Renowned author of First They Killed My Father, a national bestseller and 2001 recipient of Asian/Pacific American Librarians’ Association award for “Excellence in Adult Non-fiction Literature,” Loung Ung, has joined PEPY’s December 2006 humanitarian adventure cycle trip.
PEPY is an adventure cycle tour and humanitarian aid organization operating in Cambodia. Since December 2005 PEPY has brought cyclists from around the world to Cambodia to visit schools and orphanages and spread the PEPY message, “Protect the Earth. Protect Yourself.” Riding from Siem Reap, through Phnom Penh and into Sihanoukville, stopping along the way to deliver school supplies, visit orphanages and teach classes on environmental awareness, riders have raised funds to support educational programs across Cambodia and to build The PEPY Ride School. Since that first trip, The PEPY Ride has raised over $100,000 for organizations supporting educational projects such as American Assistance for Cambodia and Cambodian Children’s Fund.
Loung Ung says, “I am honored to join the PEPY team. Although I’ve made over 25 trips to Cambodia in recent years, I look forward to seeing it all again from the viewpoint of a bicyclist! Congratulations to the PEPY crew for being at the vanguard of a new generation of social entrepreneurs to combine fun and education with making a difference in our world.”
PEPY Executive Director Daniel Papi said, “We’re thrilled to have Loung Ung join our adventure with a social mission in Cambodia. Loung’s work as an activist and author and her personal history as a survivor of the killing fields – she trained as a child soldier, escaped as a refugee first to Thailand and then the U.S. – gives her a global perspective and a public platform that will help us continue to raise awareness of social issues in Cambodia.”
In addition to its New Year’s rides, PEPY organizes several additional volunteer and adventure tours through Cambodia. The itineraries range from high intensity multi-week cycle trips to week-long volunteer projects focusing on a specific developing area. Each trip is designed to introduce participants to development work in Cambodia as well as provide an exciting, authentic experience of Cambodian culture and hospitality.
For more information, to make a donation, or to sign up for any of the upcoming volunteer trips, please visit www.pepyride.org. To donate funds in support of this trip, please visitwww.firstgiving.com/pepyride.
The PEPY Ride is a New York State registered Non-for-Profit Corporation founded in 2005 to support educational projects in developing countries and disaster relief areas with a focus on the relationship between the environment and our health. Emphasizing education through action, where participants both learn from and give back to the communities they visit, PEPY Tours organizes volunteer and adventure travel in developing countries and redevelopment areas suffering from natural disasters.
Daniela Papi / 914-762-2705