Family packs up all with hope to help

THE DRIVE: A world of giving

WALKING 100 kilometres in a month seems like a small achievement when compared with moving to another world that breathes life and uncertainty. 

The Dyck family, of Marong, will soon throw caution to the wind, when they move to India with nothing more than a handful of suitcases and the want to give. 

Meg, Jeremy, Zeke, 7, and Zavier, 5, will live in Kolkata to help the abused street children of India.

It will cost the family a mere $12,000 to live in India for a year. To pay for their trip, the family is taking part in Fundraising February - an event where participants commit to 100 kilometres of exercise in a month to raise funds through sponsors.

The family's seven-year-old son Zeke will also take part in the challenge, riding his bike every night after school to raise money for the trip. 

"Because there is no income generated through volunteer work this event will raise money that will go toward assisting us with the associated expense of relocating to another country, sending our two boys to an international school and everyday living once there," Meg said. 

"By donating and supporting us then you are in turn helping to make a difference in the lives of the children and people of Kolkata."

She said the fundraising concept was created by family friend Jacinta Bath.

Ms Bath ran the fundraiser three years ago to raise money for the special care baby unit at Bendigo Health.

"She has a huge heart to help anyone," Meg said. 

"I was blown away when she contacted me wanting to help us raise funds.

"She has caught the excitement of our new adventure, how huge a move it will be and what a life-changing experience it will be for all of us so that's why we're doing Fundraising February again."

The family have already raised $2670 towards their $10,000 total.

"It's going to be a new season, new adventure being immersed in a new country, new culture, learning a new language," Meg said. 

"With 17 million people living in Kolkata, it will be quite the change."

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