About The Cause

Riding for Youth Education

The Lifestart Foundation is a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient. Founded in 2000 by Australian Karen Leonard and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Foundation applies a holistic approach to helping people in need through proven working programs and initiatives which are designed to effect a generational change.

The Lifestart Foundation believes that every child should have the opportunity to complete an education and for over fifteen years has been actively assisting disadvantaged students in Central Vietnam. Learn more >

Each rider will fundraise a minimum $2,500 USD to fully sponsor one student for one year of University.

All Lifestart Foundation Education scholarship students are from extremely disadvantaged families and do not have the means to attend University. Despite this they are diligent, hard working, high achieving students who dream of breaking the poverty cycle. In order to truly break the poverty cycle students need to complete a University degree to ensure gainful employment. When they graduate they not only break the poverty cycle for themselves but they always help their extended family too.

Student Stories…

Education Scholarship Success Story



“A” was born and raised in the Cam Thanh area of Hoi An and is the eldest in a family of three children. His mother works making coconut leaf products and his father now works as an assistant labourer after serving in the army. A’s father’s health is poor and their income is unstable. Despite their limited financial resources, they have struggled to pay for A’s education from the age of six.

One of A’s teachers could see that he was an extremely bright student with real potential but “A” was at risk of dropping out as his family were struggling to pay the school fees. The teacher introduced “A” to Lifestart Foundation in the hope of a solution.

“A” received an educational sponsorship from the Lifestart Foundation, which has helped pay for his school fees. “A” had always dreamed of being a doctor and worked diligently to complete Secondary School. He was the student with the highest marks in year 12, and received top marks in his University entrance examination. “A” was then accepted into Hue University to study Medicine.

Thanks to his Lifestart Foundation Education Scholarship “A” completed a six year University degree and is qualified as a doctor and is practicing at Da Nang Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is now going to specialize in Pediatric Oncology.

In the lead up to University scholarship sponsorship Lifestart Foundation provides Secondary school scholarships for disadvantaged students.

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