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 charity that I intend to raise funds and awareness for.
Fight MND – MND (Motor Neurone Disease), also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s 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. Fight MND is the public face of the Cure for MND Foundation, and 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.
- Cycle Against the Beast – This is a series of rides, raising funds and awareness for Fight MND.
I did my first ‘Cycle Against the Beast’ ride in May/June 2017, riding from Sydney to Melbourne.
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.