The Challenge

Cycling World Tour for the Disabled and Disadvantaged Children

Organized by Travel For Aid

Sporty-Humanitarian Enterprise

  • The sporty enterprise is taking Matteo Tricarico to cover by bicycle the distance of 70.000 kilometres travelling through Asia, Americas and Europe.
  • The humanitarian side of the journey aims to raise public awareness on disabled children’s education by meeting them in special schools and institutes along the way.


  • The journey started from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on October the 9th 2009, heading westwards through Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Emirates, Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Greece and Italy, reached on October the 9th 2011.
  • The second phase of the enterprise begun with a flight to Bangkok in February 2012 and it continues by bicycle to Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Korea, Alaska (USA), Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Santo Domingo, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Spain, France and Italy.
  • The journey will end in Italy in October 2015.

Humanitarian Aim

  • The project aims to attract media attention and coverage with the sporty enterprise to raise public’s awareness on disabled people condition in crossed countries.
  • Various humanitarian organisations funding or managing institutes and schools joined the project.
  • Matteo also does volunteer work teaching in schools, orphanages and joining information campaigns.

Patrons & Supporters

The following public and private institutions and organisations gave their patronage and moral support to the project:

Regione Puglia

Regione Puglia

Comune di Manfredonia

Federazione Ciclistica Italiana

Comitato Olimpico Nazionale

Associazione Italiana Volontari Sangue

Unione Sport per Tutti

Italian Federation Bicycle Friends

European Cyclists’ Federation

Disabled People Sport Association “Delfino”

Letters of support were received by::

  • Commission of the European Union, delegation in Cambodia
  • Cultural Association Arcadia Nova;
  • Circolo Unione di Manfredonia (Cultural Association city of Manfredonia).

Partners Organisations

The initiative is in partnership with the following humanitarian and non-governmental organisations operating in the field of education for disabled children with projects currently running in the visited counties.

The project touched the following institutes for disadvantaged and disabled people.

(For more details see Visited Centres 2012 and Visited Centres 2009-2011)

  • Taipei, Taiwan – May 2012 April 2013 – Volunteering at Harmony Home Foundation children shelter.
  • 26 March 2012, An Chau (Vietnam)Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI) project “Integrated nutrition program for children”.
  • 5 March 2012, Phnom Penh (Cambogia) – Project “From street to school” run by Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI).
  • 1 March 2012, Kompong Chhnang (Cambodia) – CAPABILITIES project developed by New Humanity.
  • 27 May 2011, Tehran (Iran) – Joining the demonstration organized by Baavar Disabled People Association.
  • 21 to 23 February 2011, Lodai (India) – Hostel for children of nomadic populations in Prem Nivas supported by Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI).
  • 18 to 19 February 2011, state of Gujarat (India) – Hostels for children of migrant populations managed by Samerth Trust and funded by Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI).
  • 4 to 5 February 2011, New Delhi (India) – School for children from families at the margins of society run by Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust
  • 1 to 2 February 2011, New Delhi (India) – School and vocational centre for children with physical disabilities from disadvantaged families managed by Akshay Pratishthan Trust.
  • November 2010 Taipei (Taiwan) – Orphanages for children with HIV-AIDS HIV infection run by Harmony Home Foundation Taiwan.
  • 02 August 2010, Bhainsepatti (Nepal)Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre for rehabilitation of spinally injured patients.
  • 25 July 2010, Kathmandu (Nepal)Special Education and Rehabilitation centre for disabled children below 16 years old.
  • 25 June 2010, Dhaka (Bangladesh) – Rehabilitation centre run by Tejgaon church. Managed and financed by Catholic church. Contact Travel For Aid.
  • 17 May 2010, Bongshipur (Bangladesh) – School for girls of Munda ethnic community escaped to early marriages. Managed and financed by Xaverian fathers.
  • 16 May 2010, Bongshipur (Bangladesh) – Rehabilitation centre and school for children and disabled teenagers. Financially supported by Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA).
  • 14 May 2010, Satkhira (Bangladesh) – Rural community advancement project with rehabilitation centre and school for children and disabled teenagers. Managed by the Rishilpi charity.
  • 12 May 2010, Khulna (Bangladesh) – Private consortium of rehabilitation centres and schools for disabled children. Contact Travel For Aid.
  • 12 May 2010, Khulna (Bangladesh) – State public high school for blind and deaf students equipped with technologies to overcome their disabilities.
  • 10 May 2010, Khulna (Bangladesh) – Hospital for leprosy and tuberculosis patients with rehabilitation programme. Managed by the PIME sisters and supported by AIFO.
  • 13 April 2010, Bangalore (India) – Orphanage and adoption centre for babies with disabilities financially supported by CIAI.
  • 8 April 2010, Pondicherry (India) – Rehabilitation centre and vocational training school for children and teenagers financially supported by CIAI.
  • 23 March 2010, Daisunpet (India) – Vocational training courses for physically disabled teenagers run by the local Women association. Contact Travel For Aid.
  • 18 February 2010, Yangon (Myanmar) – Primary school for children and teenagers with minor disabilities, managed by The Leprosy Mission International.
  • 11 February 2010, Pathein (Myanmar) – Elementary school and rehabilitation institute for unpaired children, managed by The Leprosy Mission International.
  • 30 December 2009, Vientiane (Laos) – Vocational training centre and handicraft laboratory for women with disabilities, in collaboration with Lao Disabled People’s Association.
  • 8 December 2009, Khiet Ngong (Laos) – Primary school of the village supported by WWF.
  • 27 and 28 November, 2009, Siem Reap (Cambodia) – Art and vocational training school for disadvantaged children, financed by Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI).
  • 30 October 2009, Battambong (Cambodia) – Centre of shelter for children and teenagers victim of landmine accidents, supported by the local Catholic Church. Contact Travel For Aid
  • 21 and 22 October 2009, Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – Orphanage for abandoned disabled infants and primary school for disadvantaged children, managed by Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI).
  • 9 October 2009, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) – Orphanage for blind infants and primary school for disadvantaged children, managed by Cristina Noble foundation.

Fund-raising and sponsorship
(See page Donation & Sponsorship for details)

Empty place for sponsor\’s logo on bicycle cover-bag

Matteo’s travel expenses, as well as the project itself, are completely self-funded.

  • The non-profit humanitarian association Travel For Aid, in collaboration with partner humanitarian and non governmental organisations, launched a fund-raising campaign for selected projects.
  • All donations are managed directly and exclusively by the partner humanitarian and non governmental organisations.
  • A direct sponsorship of this sporty-humanitarian enterprise is also contemplated to cover running costs.
  • Becoming a member of the association Travel For Aid for the year 2013-14 helps financially this sporty-humanitarian project.
  • Other kinds of sponsorships with return of image are contemplated, such as the sponsor’s logo on the cover-bags of the bicycle or banners on the front page of this blog.
  • Other forms of sponsorships in kinds are also considered case by case.

Media Coverage
(See also Press Corner and Press Clippings)

  • The official website is It includes the real time diary, the news, pages dedicated to sponsors and media.
  • Social forum and blogs keep public updated on the course of the journey.
  • Partners, sponsors and supporters’ websites, as well as in-house papers, gives resonance to the initiative.
  • Regional and national printed daily newspaper published a serious of articles.
  • Travel and adventure magazines also follow the trip and published interviews.
  • Italian, Indian, Taiwanese, Arabic and Bangladeshi televisions channels broadcast special reportage with interview during news programmes.
  • Local radio stations in Italy step by step news of the journey.

Organiser and personal note

  • TRAVEL FOR AID is a non-profit, apolitical and non-religious humanitarian association.
    It aims to spread culture to its members and the general public by organizing charity and sport events or any other activity to attract people’s attention to the problems of those who, by birth or by tragic accident, live with a physical or mental disability.
    Furthermore, the association intends to stimulate its members’ and the general public’ creativity with conferences, debates and stages aiming at offering alternative possibilities to vulnerable social groups living at the margin of society.
  • Matteo Tricarico was born in Italy on June the 18th1969. He graduated in Political Science at the University of Sienna with periods of studies in England and France. He started his professional career in the European public sector in Brussels before being relocated to the United Kingdom. In 2000, he left Europe for Egypt and Sudan where he dwelt for three years running a tourist promotion agency. Six years ago, he moved to Indochina where he still lives between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos working as travel agent and tourist guide. He is not married and does not have children.In the last few years, Matteo cycled extensively throughout Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. His last trip of 5000 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City to Bali by bicycle ended in June 2009.

For further information, please contact:

Association TRAVEL FOR AID,
Corso Manfredi, 48 Manfredonia 71043 (FG) Italia
Codice Fiscale:  92041760718
Web site:

Dott. Matteo Tricarico
Skype: matteo.abdhala

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