Archive for May 17th, 2019

Red Shield Ride Wrap

It is complete and mission accomplished! My goal was to race $5,000 for the Salvos and ride my bike from Sydney to Melbourne over 10 days with a distance of 1,400. With the moto “Hope where it is needed most” but it is not mission accomplished my thoughts have changed and my goals have changed. I wasn’t riding for Hope I was riding to be educated and awakened to the needs of our society. I have also realised that I am not raising money for the Salvos, but raising money for the marginalised in our communities, the Salvos are the distributors of this hope and funds to where it is needed. I don’t know how to say it succinctly but the people who are helped by the Salvos need more than a token donation they need a heartfelt donation. It has me thinking the power social media what if we could find another 100 people to donate $100. That would equate to $10,000 but it is only the start. This is also a tax deduction so people on the top or second tier tax rates could donate $181 or $159 respectively and this would be a $100 before tax donation (ie you would get a tax deduction). This is your chance to make a significant donation to the Red Shield Appeal. Help me exceed my goals and make a difference to others.

If you are not convinced look at this ad. View this ad and see the need?

These are the video links to our ride
Summary Video
Days 1 – 3,
Days 4 – 10.

For me seeing the works in actions was the most effective awakening to the needs of the community. One of the most moving experiences was a fellow rider who had been helped by the Salvos as a child and saying how much each food voucher meant to their family growing up and they are now trying to give back to the Salvos. This was a raw, open and honest account of what the help meant to a child growing up.

The needs of our community are wide and far reaching, these are our fellow Australians please do what you can. Please Please Please donate to The Red Shield Appeal. Get your friends and colleagues on board and give a heartfelt donation!

As for me people ask how was it? I will tell you it is not about the money or the distance it is about the education. Would I do it again? Absolutely. My legs and fitness were fine although tired at the end of each day. This was a great personal challenge and achievement. Met lots of great people along the way both cyclists and support crew and am now much wiser to the needs of my fellow Australians. Thanks for reading
#RedShieldAppeal #RedShieldRide

“If you are comfortable with your training regime then you should be concerned. You can only make the big gains by being out of your comfort zone.”
- Me

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May 2019

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