A helping hand

By Efrosini Costa

A helping hand
A decade on since the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami, one charity is still helping at risk children in Thailand.

Charity Hands Across the Water, founded by Australian Peter Baines, is continuing its good work of supporting at-risk children in Thailand, a decade since the devastating  natural disaster hit the island nation claiming over 200,000 lives.

When Hands Across the Water founder Peter Baines OAM arrived in Thailand after the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, the devastation was overwhelming. The former Australian forensic police specialist, who was initially there to help with victim identification, soon became entrenched in the country’s recovery process establishing an organisation for orphaned children. Today, the charity supports hundreds of children across Thailand.

“The strength behind the continued growth of Hands lies in the shared experiences we create for those who choose to be part of this very exciting journey we are on. The long-term commitment we have made allows us to bring about long-term change,”  Baines says.

Hands’ main form of fundraising is its annual bike rides in Thailand every January. The charity has raised more than $10 million dollars, not one cent of which is spent on administration. Find out how you can get involved at handsacrossthewater.org.au.


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