13-year old Regents’ student takes on second Temple 2 Temple challenge

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Thirteen year old Poppy Mulford, who is a student at Regents International School, Pattaya, on April 4 will begin her second major cycling challenge which she has called Temple 2 Temple 2.0. During the Songkran holiday, Poppy, along with her team, will cycle 600km from the temples at Ayutthaya in Thailand to the temples at Vientiane in Laos. Poppy will endure the gruelling journey in the hope that she can raise money for new computers needed at the Sotpattana School for the Deaf.

Following the success of her first Temple 2 Temple challenge in October 2013, when she cycled 459km from Ayutthaya to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and raised B250,000 for a young deaf girl at the Sotpattana School for the Deaf, Poppy has decided to help the Deaf School again as they are in need of new computers and a server after a terrible electrical short circuit in their transformer.

On her first Temple 2 Temple challenge in October 2013, when she cycled 459km from Ayutthaya to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Poppy (right) raised B250,000 for a young deaf girl (left) at the Sotpattana School for the Deaf.On her first Temple 2 Temple challenge in October 2013, when she cycled 459km from Ayutthaya to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Poppy (right) raised B250,000 for a young deaf girl (left) at the Sotpattana School for the Deaf.

Poppy is confident that she will be able to complete the distance of 600km in 8 days, despite the heat of the April sun. “Maybe some rain will cool us down,” Poppy quietly hopes. “I have kept in touch with the Sotpattana School for the Deaf since the last challenge and when I found that they needed new computers and a printer, I thought I might have a way to help out. That’s how Temple 2 Temple 2.0 started. The Deaf School needs 10 new computers, a printer and a server, so I hope to raise B200,000 to be able to buy these for them.”

Poppy trains for her upcoming Temple 2 Temple 2.0 in April.Poppy trains for her upcoming Temple 2 Temple 2.0 in April.

The Principal at Regents, Iain Blaikie commented, “Poppy’s enthusiasm, energy and altruism are an inspiration to us all. Her initiative has captured everybody’s imagination and this challenging ride embodies so many of the Round Square ideals which we hold dear at Regents. To see such self-belief along with grit, determination and a profound desire to help others is both a delight and an inspiration. I am in awe of this student and we are all very proud of her achievements. Good luck to her. I wonder where the next journey will take her? She never stops!”

Poppy will update her blog: http://poppymulford.blogspot .com/ with progress along the route. Pattaya residents who would like to sponsor the campaign can find more information on the blog now. For more information on Temple 2 Temple 2.0 contact Poppy’s father Nathaniel Mulford: [email protected]