US teenager sends bikes to children in India

  • 15 April 2013
Watch Thomas's story...

A teenager from America has set up his own charity to send bikes to children living in some of the poorest parts of India.

Thomas Hircock first visited India with his father when he was 12 years old, and was shocked by the poverty he saw.

When they visited a school in the Indian state of Rajasthan, some pupils there told Thomas they needed bikes to help them get to their lessons.

Some were having to walk up to 20 miles there and back, every day.

When he got home to Philadelphia, Thomas and his family started a fundraising campaign at his school.

In the first year they sent eight bicycles, but now, four years later, the Bike Club charity has shipped a total of 400 bikes to schools in India.

Check out the video to hear more of Thomas's story in his own words!