During 2010, Cradle plans to cooperate with Ola Nilsson, from Festival Republic and his friend Hokan Nilsson. Ola and Hokan plan to (together with Cradle) do a charity fundraising project called Bike 4 Cambodia and the goal is to build a new school in Tonlebet, Cambodia. The fundraising event is taking place from September to November 2010 with the aim of commencing construction work in December 2010 or in early 2011. In addition, Cradle is also planning to build the Krola Elementary school. Bike for Cambodia is at present very active with planning different fundraising events except for the actual bike race.
The most promising fund raising event is the co-operation with the Bike Race, Sundsvall Classic in Sundsvall Sweden. Most profits from the event will go to Bike for Cambodia. On top of this Sundsvalls Classic and B4C are also planning a big auction for the day of the race where all money will go to the project as well. Swedish media has also been contacted and has promised to help B4C with fundraising. The whole project will also be filmed and documented and hopefully sold to Swedish national TV.
If Bike For Cambodia is successful there are also plans to provide Tonlebet school with sports equipment and also funds to hire one or more teachers for a certain time. For more on this idea please see below.
The first school is planned to be built in the village of Tonlebet, close to the Mekong River. Tonlebet School is a primary school servicing 6 different villages and the number of students attending is over 1100 with this figure increasing every year. Class sizes sometimes reach 60 students per class and the school is forced to run afternoon and morning classes to provide the opportunity for as many students as possible to attend school.
The Bike for Cambodia project aims to raise money for a new school building with this building replacing one of the other older buildings at the school. The old building is in very bad condition. It is built of wood and unfortunately white ants are eating their way through the wood so sooner or later the school will collapse. This is the case with many schools in Cambodia, which were all built in the early 1980s.