Hands Across the Water

Hands Across the Water is an Australian charity founded in 2005 by Peter Baines OAM.    

Hands commenced operations by building a home for the children left without parents as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami. Hands has expanded its reach to operate in several locations across Thailand and that growth has been possible by building strong shared experiences. It’s these rich experiences that has led to the strong engagement that exists in its supporter base.


Hands has been leading bike rides in Thailand since 2009 which has become a cornerstone of their fundraising each year.  The rides commenced with 17 riders in the first year and have seen year on year growth with a return rate of 76%.  Many of the riders join thinking it is a great opportunity to do something for the kids, only to realise that they are the ones who benefit from the unique experience.   

In addition to the Thailand bike rides, Hands Across the Water offers Thailand Treks, Australian based business and social events, Australian rides, a newly released fashion range and child sponsorship as ways to engage with and experience the beauty of Hands Across the Water.