Pedalling to end poverty

EVERY rotation Casula's Matthew Le Claire makes on his bicycle will help children around the world.

Mr Le Claire will be taking part in the 154.5-kilometre Bupa Challenge Tour in Adelaide next week.

The associate pastor from Parkside Church is the chief executive of not-for-profit organisation Pedal Against Poverty.

The charity aims to raise funds to help break the cycle of poverty in various communities around the world.

Pedal Against Poverty supports four non-government global organisations: Global Development Group in Cambodia; Compassion in Tanzania; Operation Mobilisation and World Vision in India.

Each works to improve the lives of children living in poverty, rescuing some from forced labour, abuse, prostitution and slavery.

Mr Le Claire said he joined the organisation after seeing children living on rubbish dumps in Cambodia six years ago.

"No one should live in circumstances like these children, it's insane," he said.

"My heart [ached] for the poor and the broken, and I want to passionately help kids.

"We are so fortunate in Australia. It's irresponsible of us, if not wrong, to not do something to help these kids."

Mr Le Claire said he wanted to raise awareness of the situation.

"If we all do something little we can make a big difference, if he does a little thing and she does a little thing — it becomes a big thing," he said.

To donate to Pedal Against Poverty visit tinyurl.com/qh5ur38.

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