When I decided to do my round the world trip, by bicycle, I didn’t have any real plans to support any charities. However, as time went by, I thought, “Why not put my muscles to good use?” Riding around the world is going to be a ton of fun (of course, there will be tough times as well – which will make it even more rewarding), but I also want to use it as a way to give back to the community. As a result, I’ve come up with the following charities that I intend to fund raise for.
Epilepsy Australia – Having suffered a few seizures myself, fundraising for this charity was a no-brainer (no pun initially intended!). Epilepsy is not very well understood by the general population, and many people freak out when witnessing one. As a result, it’s often viewed with a stigma. However, it’s more common than many people think. About 1 in 10 people, at some time in their lives, will experience a seizure. While not everyone of those people will be ultimately diagnosed with epilepsy, it’s still a considerable number. High profile people, with epilepsy, include: actor Hugo Weaving, AFL footballer Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, and rugby league footballer Wally Lewis.
The McGrath Foundation – Choosing this charity was partly due to my love of cricket. It is their vision to see all families, experiencing breast cancer, to have access to a breast care nurse, wherever they may be in Australia. And it’s not just women who get breast cancer, either. Men, also, can be diagnosed with breast cancer. It costs $380,000, for three years, to fully fund a breast care nurse. I hope to be able to help contribute to that by fundraising and raising awareness.
The Cure for MND Foundation – MND (Motor Neurone Disease), has no cure. It is a progressive disease which attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal chord. This ultimately leads to signals not reaching your muscles (which will eventually waste away). It can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink, breathe, and so on. It is a silent killer. The Cure for MND Foundation exists to raise funds and awareness of the disease – funding goes towards providing care to those who have the disease, and also to attempt to find a cure. Together, we can help Beat The Beast.
Starting from 2016, and continuing each following year, I intend to take part in challenges to raise funds for these charities.
- The Purple and Pink Ride – This is a series of rides, raising funds and awareness for Epilepsy Australia and the McGrath Foundation.
- Cycle Against the Beast – This is a series of rides, raising funds and awareness for Cure for MND Foundation.
When I set off on my round the world bicycle trip, these challenges will continue – whether they’re gruelling rides over multiple mountain passes in the Andes, or a more leisurely ride along the Danube.