Yes, I’m in the saddle again every day (weather permitting!) training for yet another punishing (but pleasurable!) year of cycle challenges (see below), all in the name of charity – raising money to make life better for those in need. So I implore you to dig deep and contribute a few dollars to these very worthy causes. I am personally sponsored by Mission Beach Rotary, and all donations are made direct to and managed by the club. For details of how to help, please go to the Donations page on this website, and then click on the Donations icon – or simply click on the Donations icon on this page. Thank you.
1. Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 2013
The Banish the Black Dog 260km Charity Bike Ride is promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community, and to raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. The major donation recipient from the Ride is Australian Rotary Health, the largest non-government mental health research funding organization in Australia. The Club also supports local initiatives in the treatment and support of those suffering mental illnesses.
Townsville’s inaugural Banish the Black Dog Bike Ride was held in 2009 and received magnificent support with 85 riders raising over $22 000. Over the past four years the number of riders has grown and last year attracted 115 entries. Over $180,000 has been raised for the research of mental health issues as well as support for local mental health organisations.
On a personal note, any money I raise this year for Australian Rotary Health will be in addition to the $40,000 I raised for the cause on the Great Australian Bike Ride in 2009.
2. Seven Day Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride
Dept. Saturday 22nd June 2013
The Cairns to Karumba 780km Bike Ride has been in operation since 1997. In this time over $750,000 has been raised to assist students located in some of the remotest regions of Far North Queensland to receive improved educational opportunities. In 2012, riders, supporters and volunteers helped to raise a total of $104 000. In 2013 the event is certain to grow once again and with your help it is hoped to raise in excess of $120 000.
3. Cycle queensland Mission Beach to Port Douglas Bike Ride (8 days/500km)
Sunday 8th to Sunday 15th September 2013
This two-wheel adventure bike ride from Mission Beach to Port Douglas via the spectacular Atherton Tablelands. The funds raised for this cycle ride will be in aid of the Fred Hollows Foundation. .
The Fred Hollows Foundation works internationally on comprehensive quality eye care, with a focus on cataract. In Australia, the Foundation is committed to roles as both partner and advocate of effective health programs for Indigenous Australians.
(See Fred Hollows Foundation page on this website)
4. The 2013 Cardiac Challenge – Cairns to Cooktown
Saturday September 21st to Monday 23rd September
Fundraising from this 314km event helps grow the services of the Cardiology Department at Cairns Base Hospital over-and-above Queensland Health’s expenditure to ensure availability of superior cardiac services in the Far North
Over the five year history of this event, over $1 million has been raised! The beneficiary of the bike ride is the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation who specifically direct the funds towards cardiac equipment and services that may ultimately benefit you or a family member or someone you know.
All fundraising from the bike ride remains in the Cairns area and is used daily on people with heart problems in Far North Queensland.
life is better on a bike.