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A Wanaka woman has completed an ambitious 68-day bicycle journey across China for charity.

Kathryn Phillips recently travelled more than 6300km from Kashgar, in the west of China, to Beihai, on the shores of the South China Sea.

The aim was to raise $14,000 for World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit organisation that provides free bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in developing countries.

“It is committed to helping communities in rural areas conquer the challenge of distance,” Ms Phillips said.

The traverse was not her first bicycle adventure – Ms Phillips has previously cycled through mountain passes in the Himalayas and across deserts in Chile.

But this was her first first “unsupported, unguided and self-sufficient” ride.

“I figured, if you’re going to have an adventure, you may as well make it epic.”

The journey had so far raised over $9000 for the charity.

“For many people in rural regions of developing countries, poverty is a daily reality.”

Providing a durable bicycle offered a “real and immediate benefit of reliable access to essential goods and services”.

To give, visit https://fundraiseau.worldbicyclerelief.org/kathryn-phillips