Months of training are finally about to be tested for Forbes-based Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green as he flies out of the country to be part of the Catholic Mission’s Ride to Reach Out.
Our Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop has decided to participate in a 250km cycle through the heart of Cambodia, to raise funds and awareness for the work of the mission organisation.
The 12-day experience, from November 15 to 26 this year, will take the Bishop and up to 19 others through one of Southeast Asia’s most stunning regions, while also allowing them to make a practical difference to the lives of people in need.
The journey will take participants from the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, to the calm splendour of Tonle Sap lake and eventually into the bustling heart of the capital Phnom Penh.
They will ride a gruelling 250km in a tropical climate, and Bishop Columba will have a first-hand opportunity to meet and work with some of the beneficiaries of programs supported by Catholic Mission, of whom he is the liaison bishop.
“To actually go to the communities supported by Catholic Mission I think is really important,” he said.
“To put faces, names to people at the other end of giving … makes it real, and that’s the important thing for me is to be able to connect with the people.”
Bishop Columba has already planned a suite of fundraising activities to meet his individual targets.
“Prayer is going to have to help me through it,” he laughed. For more information on how you can join or support the Bishop visit catholicmission.org.au/inspiredadventures