The ride follows the success of rides held over the last few years. It was our fourth ride highlighting the cancer journey of a number of people and raising money to fight cancer.
My fundraising still has room to grow so I’d appreciate a hand to boost the tally to help those battling cancer. If you’re in Australia your donation is tax deductible. Even if you’re not, the work that Cancer Council WA is doing is making a difference throughout the world through some highly regarded research projects. Just head to the webpage and click donate. My aim is to raise $1000 for Cancer Council WA.
Below is a small selection of photos from the ride. Just click on any of the photos for a better view.
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Over the coming months I’ll be part of three very different projects. Each project aims to bring hope to different people in very different circumstances.
I need to be completely upfront and say that I need your support to make each of these projects worthwhile. Yes, I’m raising funds but the funds that are raised will help to spread hope into places where it’s desperately needed. Please indulge me long enough to read about each project and then take action in supporting one or more of them.
Whatever you can afford to contribute will help in changing lives.
Morning Cafe Cancer Ride 2012
From the 13th to the 20th of October I’ll once again be taking part in the Morning Cafe Cancer Ride for Cancer Council Western Australia. I’ll be cycling over 500 kilometres from Albany to Perth. The ride follows the success of rides held over the last few years. This will be our fourth ride highlighting the cancer journey of a number of people and raising money to fight cancer. If you’re in Australia your donation is tax deductible. Even if you’re not, the work that Cancer Council WA is doing is making a difference throughout the world through some highly regarded research projects. Just head to the webpage and click donate. My aim is to raise $1000 for Cancer Council WA.
Girls Off the Streets
In December I’ll be traveling to Bangladesh and India to learn more about the Girls Off the Streets initiative through SIMaid. In Bangladesh there are approximately 500 000 children living on the streets due to poverty or abuse. Many girls who live on the streets are sexually exploited. The Indian Government states there are 2.8 million people prostituted in India, but human rights groups claim it is more like 15 million. 200 girls are entering into the sex trade every day with 80% of them doing so against their own free will. I’ll be traveling to both countries with SIMaid to witness the work they do to stop trafficking and sex slavery while transforming the lives of young girls rescued. My role will be as a storyteller, communicating the need online, on radio and to churches back here in Australia. I need to raise money for my travel costs (around $2500 – $3000) and if you’d like to contribute please email me via my Contact Page so that I can let you know where to direct your money.
Great Ocean Road Challenge 2013
In February I’ll be taking part in the Great Ocean Road Challenge for the second time, cycling around 300 kilometres to raise much needed funds for Compassion. Having seen first hand, both in Haiti and Dominican Republic, how effective Compassion’s work is, I am determined to do more to help. That’s why I’ll be riding 290 kilometres in three days and I need your support. By sponsoring my efforts on the challenge you’ll be releasing children from poverty. You’ll be giving children a real chance at life. Please visit my fundraising page and make a contribution. Maybe you can afford to sponsor me for a dollar a kilometre, maybe 50 cents a kilometre, or perhaps you’d just like to donate a set amount. My goal for this ride is to raise $2500.
I’ll write more about each project over the next few months but my strong desire is that one or more of these projects will capture your heart and imagination and you’ll help me in raising hope for others.
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One of the great advantages of having professional photographers on the Morning Café Cancer Ride team is that we have some amazing photographic memories of our journey. If you’re in the Perth area and need some fantastic photos, get in touch with S R Florisson Photography.
Moments before mounting our bikes to head out of Albany to start the ride from Albany to Perth.
A wet and windy afternoon heading into Pingelly.
The team facing some wild weather.
Smiles all around as the team pedals the last few hundred metres to finish a week of cycling.
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It’s great to be home again after a wonderful week with an extraordinary bunch of people. I loved my time away but it’s wonderful to be home with my amazing family and to be able to sleep in my own bed again.
Denise is an inspiration. She’s in her seventies but you’d never guess it.
Denise volunteers for a number of organisations including Cancer Council WA. She helps with afternoon teas for cancer patients every Wednesday afternoon. She downplays her role but what she does goes way beyond serving a cuppa and a biscuit. You can hear her story by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post. The interview was just one of the chats I had during my radio program this morning.
Today was the third day of riding for the Morning Cafe Cancer Ride. We have a team of thirteen cyclists riding from Albany to Perth to raise funds for Cancer Council WA and to tell stories like Denise’s.
The last couple of days have been very warm but the team has worked well. The country hospitality has been incredible and tonight in Wagin I had the biggest steak I’ve ever eaten. A very worthy reward for a warm afternoon on the bike.
Our fund raising tally continues to rise and you can contribute by clicking the link in my sidebar. Please consider honoring someone you know who has faced cancer by making a donation.
We’re looking forward to making it home on Saturday but there’s a lot of work to be done between now and then. The weather over the next we days is likely to be less than helpful. There are storms forecast so we’re likely to have a couple of wet days in the saddle.
With a big day to come I think I should get some sleep now.
Oh …. by the way. The team has suffered three flat tyres so far. One on my front wheel and two on my back wheel. I’m hoping that I’ve had my share of punctures and that my tyres will remain inflated for the rest of the journey.