I am writing as a former resident of Galashiels to inform my long-lost friends and former colleagues of the charity event I am taking part in next month.
My name is Sarah Heavie (formerly Edwards) and from 2000 until 2008 I lived in Gorebridge. While living there I was a student primary teacher and a unit helper at the 3rd Gorebridge Brownies. In 2008, after graduating and the subsequent breakdown of my marriage, I moved back to Galashiels before moving to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to become a teacher.
I have been living and working in Ho Chi Minh City for nearly two-and-a-half years and have really enjoyed my time here. Life as an expat is fantastic – but this is not the case for many Vietnamese people. Vietnam is a developing country and many cannot afford the simple things in life and are unable to receive an education.
In February I will be taking part in the H2H Charity Bike Ride – a 2,000-km trek from Hanoi in the north of Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City in the south. H2H was founded in 2008 and is run entirely by volunteers, mainly English teachers based in Ho Chi Minh City whose lives have been enriched by living in Vietnam and want to give something back by helping those most in need. This year there will be 17 cyclists (four from Scotland). All cyclists cover their own expenses.
H2H has three charitable partners, all committed to supporting Vietnam’s poorest children through education and healthcare.
To keep up to date with the team’s progress go to www.h2hcharityride.org. To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/sarahheavie.