In early March I will be riding in the Tour de Kids, an annual cycling challenge raising vital funds for a variety of children’s charities. My charity for this event is the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Starlight are dedicated to granting a once in a lifetime, life changing experience to wish children who are referred by qualified health professionals. Starlight’s aim is to create long lasting memories for the wish child and their entire family.
Sadly Starlight has had to cut down on the amount of wishes granted throughout Australia because of funding. I’m hoping that we can turn this around and help Starlight grant the wishes of serious ill children all over the country by donating to Tour De Kids for 2010.
The fundraising target I have been set is $1000 but I’d love to show the corporate community how bloggers and social media types (i.e. you) have the ability to band together for a good cause…how the long tail of an online community can collectively achieve great results.
Every dollar can help, so your contribution – large or small – to my fundraising efforts will be enormously appreciated.
I will be riding on behalf of one of the event’s major sponsors, Colliers International and will be covering the event for them online via a dedicated blogsite and Twitter (links coming soon) so everyone can see the action and follow the ride.
The event is fairly demanding with an average distance of 150km per day and some hilly terrain. The second last day from Canberra to Bowral is around 190km, so I’ll be suffering plenty but knowing that its all for a great cause and worth every bit of it.
ABOUT TOUR DE KIDS
The Tour de Kids is an annual cycling challenge, transporting executives from the daily grind to an epic journey on the roads of Australia, with the aim of raising vital funds for a variety of children’s charities.
Over the past 9 years, Tour de Kids has raised a phenomenal A$3.5 million for some very deserving causes. The cyclists themselves pay all the event costs, thus ensuring ALL of the funds raised go directly to the chosen beneficiaries.
The 1000km Tour itself is a feat of endurance which places the riders in a very different realm from their every day life in the board room or in front of a computer. The Tour de Kids replicates the Tour de France in Australia, complete with competition jerseys for exceptional conduct either on or off the bike.
ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
The Starlight Children’s Foundation is dedicated to granting a once in a lifetime, life changing experience to wish children who are referred by qualified health professionals. Starlight’s aim is to create long lasting memories for the wish child and their entire family.
Starlight grants wishes for children aged four to eighteen years who suffer from terminal, chronic or critical illnesses. Starlight works closely with each wish child to ensure that their individual wish delivers the maximum positive benefit to them. An example of one amazing wish was with a 9 year old boy named Tyran who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who was soon to be confined to a wheelchair, Tyran’s Starlight wish was simple – to walk up to Uluru and touch it while he could still walk. When Tyran told the other guests on his tour that this was his Starlight Wish, they all stood back to let him enjoy this very special moment.
Once again, every dollar counts, so please help out where you can and support this great cause. Thanks in advance.