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Racing to the finish line for a good cause

Phiravit Phataraprasit recounts cycling across the US for charity despite a serious sports injury _ and he's brought more back to Thailand than just an American accent

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  • Newspaper section: Brunch
  • Writer: Wipula Paquet
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Phiravit "Win" Phataraprasit, a sleek and laid-back looking 17 year old, isn't your average high school student. He left the City of Angels three years ago to board the prestigious St Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire _ and while many other students were geeking out on social media and video games, Win took up a charitable cause that took him 48 days and more than 5,600km. Now back in Bangkok on holiday after graduating, Win speaks to Brunch about his cycling trip for Ride2Recovery, a US-based charity dedicated to recovering war veterans, "making a difference in the lives of healing heroes", according to its mission statement. He has honourable achievements to boast about _ Win and his seven high school friends crossed the finish line of their student-run fundraising cycling trip for Ride2Recovery just two weeks ago. 

"It was the best summer of my life," Win says of the race. "We would be on our bikes for eight hours and we would just talk, sing songs, play games and listen to the three hundred songs that were shuffling through the speakers attached to my bike."

Win moved to Concord after he completed middle school at the International School of Bangkok. He heard of the charity challenge just a few months in at his new school.

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