Our journey finished today at Mrs Macquarie's Chair in the Sydney CBD.
The ride was a blast. I've met a bunch of new people, seen some fantastic sights, and thanks to your generosity have raised $28,612, helping reach the total for all riders of $664,928.
Thank you again to you all for helping me help The Starlight Foundation.
A relatively easy day today with only 4.5 hours of riding, ending in the seaside town of Kiama.
As it is our last night the presentations at dinner took special significance, especially since the volunteers told us why they help out. Most of the volunteers are actually trained masseuses, multi-tasking as logistics helpers during the day and massaging tired muscles in the evening. We also have a bike mechanic who has helped out on 20 Chain Reaction rides around the country.
A few red wines at dinner in the hopes of an easy ride into Sydney tomorrow.
Torture is the only way to describe today. Slightly shorter than yesterday’s ride, but more than double the amount of climbing. Even the good riders are suffering tonight.
It all paled into insignificance at dinner though when Kristy and her son Zeke told us the story of Zeke coming off his bmx in a simple crash only to learn that he had split his pancreas in two. For 10 weeks the family lived on a knife’s edge wondering whether Zeke would live or die. During that whole time The Starlight Foundation was there helping Zeke and his family through the crisis. This is why your donations are so important.
The ride isn’t finished so pester your friends, family, and co-workers to donate.
Longest day of the ride so far; 149klm, 5 and a half hours of riding. There are some butts that are glad to be off the bike for a while.
Matthew Keenan of SBS cycling commentary fame joined us for the ride to the top of the first hill. From there we broke into our teams and rode through some of the most gorgeous Australian bush land.
We’re staying the night in Corryong, official Man From Snowy River country.
We rode up Mt Hotham today; 1 hour 51 minutes of riding up hill. No accidents, but lots of tired bodies at the top.
The decent was awesome, taking only 51 minutes to get back down the 29klm.
Big sleep tonight so we are ready to do it all again tomorrow.
New bike day! Well the loan bike anyway; which is so new it still has the price tag on it.
We rode up Mt Buller (14klm) and down again. Little bit chilly (6 degrees) at the start, but of course we warmed up on the climb.
The day was topped off by me winning the jersey for the best rider of the day for helping a couple of other riders get to the top, and for your generousity in donating.
Today was a day of firsts. First time I’ve done a Chain Reaction ride. First time I’ve been in a neck brace. First time I’ve been in an ambulance. First time I’ve broken a bike.
A stick flicked into my front wheel sending me up and over the handlebars to land on my head. The helmet is also cracked. Sent to the hospital but cleared by the doctor to keep riding. Luckily they have a spare bike in my size. It was supposed to be an easy day!
Captain Starlight's message to the riders
I thought you'd like this little motivational video for the riders from Captain Starlight. https://vimeo.com/327626658
What do I do now?!
I originally set my donations goal at $6,000, then raised it to $8,000, but you've smashed that as well. I don't quite know what to do now. My wife is telling me to stop emailing asking for donations.
We are so close to $12,000 that I'm going to raise the goal to that as a final target. If we make it that means we will be raising $24,000 for the Starlight Foundation. A fantastic effort in anybody's language. And all because of your generousity. Thank you so much.
Why I am doing this crazy ride
Starlight Children's Foundation creates safe, fun and creative spaces where kids be kids when in the hospital receiving treatment. The Starlight Express Room is funded directly through donations and costs $39 per experience. That's less than a week's worth of your daily coffee fix!
Here's a short video about the Stralight Express Room and the joy it brings to the sick kids. https://vimeo.com/253194171
You guys are awesome
When I set out to do this I set a donation goal of $6,000. There is still a month to go until we start the ride and you guys have already smashed that target. Thank you so much. Your support is fantastic and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
Our team captain is the sales director at Canon. When he heard about your donations reaching the target, in typical salesperson style he said 'well Jason, you're just going to have to increase the goal!'. If this is what he is like before we even start the ride I'm getting concerned about how hard he will push us in those hills!!
In typical accountant style I have done what I was told and increased the donation goal to $8,000, which with me matching you dollar for dollar will mean we are now aiming to raise $16,000. So think of how much you are helping the kids and keep it coming folks.
Phil Liggett's Message
This motivational message from legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett is aimed at the riders, but I thought you might be interested to hear it.
I am pleased to tell you that your donations for the ride will be going to the Starlight Foundation.
The Starlight Children's Foundation helps brighten the lives of kids in hospital by helping them forget they're sick through the Starlight Express Room and 'Rocket Rounds' where Starlight Captains visit children around the wards.
Working in partnership with healthcare professionals, Starlight replaces pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Starlight programs embrace the principles of positive psychology where fun is an important factor in contributing to overall wellbeing.
Help me support kids in need
Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days.
Help me support kids in need by donating enough to make it hurt a little bit.
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