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Fans can keep up-to-date with Thompson’s journey at www.becakterus.com , where his GPS will track his exact whereabouts on the map.

If you would like to help him raise more money than his previous run from Bali to Jakarta for charities, please visit: kitabisa.com/becakterus.

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A message from Scott.

Corporate Sponsorship Invitation ~ Banda Aceh to Jakarta by Becak

Dear Sir or Madam

My challenge is to pedal a 3-wheel Becak (rickshaw) from the northern tip of Sumatra to the capital city, Jakarta. I plan to start from Banda Aceh on the 24th of September 2015. The Google Earth distance – by car and avoiding toll roads – is approx 2,600kms; close to the travel distance from London to Moscow. This will be the 1st recorded Trans-Sumatra trip by a Becak, and in fact the longest ever recorded.

My challenge therefore is to attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Journey by a Rickshaw’, by pedaling twice as far in fewer days. The current world record is held by Tim Moss, set in the UK in 2010, at 1,378 kms in 25 days.

The intention will be to go as hard as possible until I reach Jakarta. Speed is not ‘The Flying Merah Putih’s’ strong point, and I expect to spend plus 12 hours per day in the saddle. As the Becak weighs in excess of 80kgs, I will also be forced to pull it over the odd Sumatran hill.

I am therefore taking something traditionally Indonesian, and pedaling it further than sounds reasonable, in the hot and humid climate of my beautiful, surrogate country. The Becak is a common mode of transportation

outside the main urban centres and is a valued part of rural life. My Becak was bought second-hand, off the street in a town west of Jakarta. It has a standard 2-passenger basket, which was stripped down and built back up with new parts; primarily to ensure reliability and safety.

The charity ride will take me through 8 provinces: starting in Aceh, on to North Sumatra, through Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Lampung, and finally across Java and into Jakarta via Banten. The challenge will take me through the main cities in Sumatra; Medan, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang and Bandar Lampung. I expect to take in some amazing scenery, as well as my fair share of traffic, heat, humidity and hills, but hopefully not too much smoke from the forest fires that are prevalent at this time of year.

My aim is to raise as much awareness and as much funds as possible for Mary’s Cancer Kiddies (MCK).

Please be kind enough to advise me if you wish to sponsor my challenge. All expenses will be out of my own pocket, so every rupiah donated will go direct Mary’s Cancer Kiddies. Please note there are no administrative charges on the funds donated, thus 100% goes to those that need it.

The corporate sponsorship levels and the associated marketing benefits are listed below:


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this charity funding raising opportunity further – and thank you for your kind consideration of my proposal.

Yours, in the pursuit of Becak-Terus,

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson Becak Poster Banda-Jakarta WEB2015

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In support of Mary’s Cancer Kiddies, Scott and Laura Thompson hosted a small fundraiser at their home on Saturday 21st September. Together with friends of the Java St. Andrew Society, the evening was arranged as a celebration of Scotland’s largest export earner and also with the goal of raising awareness and funds for MCK.


LR JSAS Tartan & pin

On the night, they managed to raise funds via a raffle draw and an auction.  The funds will be used to cover the medical treatment of children from financially disadvantaged Indonesian families.

Scott would like to thank all those that generously supported the night and in particular John Galvin, Malcolm Llewellyn and Ed Herron for donating auction items. It was a wonderful evening and everyone was delighted to be able to contribute towards raising enough funds to cover the cost of Faizal’s treatment, as well as assist other children under MCK’s caring support.

“MCK would also like to say a very special thank you to Scott and Laura for making this fundraiser possible.”



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MCK volunteer, Julie, visited to the children’s cancer ward at Dharmais hospital on 13 September along with one of our donors, Scott Thompson – who did the remarkable Running Bali to Jakarta fundraising drive – and a new MCK volunteer, Julianne.

During the visit they met some of the children receiving MCK support for part of their treatment. They also chatted to the children’s parents, as well as receiving treatment updates from the ward’s doctors and nurses.

One of the children on the ward during their visit was 14-year-old Faizal , who underwent an operation to remove a brain tumor shortly after he was admitted to the hospital in July. Faisal, an ardent FC Barcelona fan, is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, supported by his mother, his teacher father, and two younger brothers. Despite his illness, Faisal is keeping positive, as his lovely smile here shows.



Also on the ward was 13-year-old Aziz from Banten, the youngest of seven children of farming parents, who has Leukemia. Sadly, Aziz has relapsed following his original treatment and so is now having to undergo another round of chemotherapy but, as you can see from the  photo, he is even so in good spirits.



Another child in the ward on this visit was Lisa, whose treatment costs MCK assisted with back in April 2011 when she was first diagnosed with brain cancer. Lisa, who has three siblings, recently relapsed and has since undergone an operation to remove the remaining tumour. 

After each of MCKs visits to the hospitals where we provide support, we always return home humbled by the positive outlook of so many of the children, despite undergoing extended and often painful treatment, and this visit was no exception. Our thoughts are with these remarkable young people and their families during this challenging time, along with our sincere hope for their recovery.


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There are so many photos from Scott’s blog site that we have picked a few to remember. Feel free to explore his blog site for more photos: http://www.runningbalitojakarta.com/blog.php

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Totalling 1,239 km running from Bali to Jakarta in 25 days! WOW, you are a star! Welcome home!!!

Click below photo for a brief update from Detik News

Scott Thompson at the finish ceremony

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You are doing something wonderful, incredible, crazy, amazing Scott! We are delighted and truly honoured that you are supporting MCK again this year. Take care and safe home, from all of us at MCK.


Follow Scott’s updates:


Twitter: @berlariterus


Jakarta Globe Media News:

Extreme volunteering: Running from Bali to Jakarta for Charity

Scotsman’s Charity Run Garners Massive Support


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