Mario Papaleo

2020 Victoria Ride

Help me support kids in need

I am riding 1000 kilometres in 7 days from Hobart to Devonport in March to raise funds for kids in need.

Funds raised from this event will support major charity partners Starlight Children's Foundation and Very Special Kids.

Starlight Children’s Foundation has been a Chain Reaction supported charity since the ride’s foundation in 2007. Funds from Chain Reaction Challenge help SCF to operate the Starlight Express Room 7 days a week at the Monash Children’s Hospital. The Starlight Express Room is the place where kids can forget about being sick in hospital and just be kids. No doctors. No treatments. Just play.

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing a children’s hospice and professional support services to families. Chain Reaction funds will be spent directly on undertaking a major upgrade the 20-year-old hospice, bringing it in-line with modern medical support so they can support more kids and families, including teens and adolescents who are living beyond expectations.

Please support my efforts on the bike with a donation and be part of changing the lives of kids in need!

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Chain Reaction Bushfire Response

Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation raises money to support sick kids, children in need and their families through corporate cycling events. We have been proud to do that since 2007 and through our charity partners have helped many face and overcome illness or significant personal challenges. But we never really imagined that there might come a time when we might need to think about kids and their families and friends losing homes and livelihoods in the very places we have passed through on our rides over the last 13 years.

During this bushfire crisis, many of our major charity partners are providing care and support for kids who are being affected by smoke inhalation, those that have been displaced and some in need of medical care.

Whilst our charity cannot directly support bushfire relief efforts, we want to stand alongside our charity partners, sponsors and supporters who have already committed people, time and money to rebuilding lives during this difficult time. Like so many others, this Foundation will ultimately find ways to help. For now though, it’s important for us to reflect and recognise the efforts of so many and the generosity and spontaneity of the Australian community responding to the disaster.

Our Foundation is grateful to all those communities impacted by the fires who so readily accommodated us during our events. We extend our sympathy and express our sadness for losses suffered and with the promise that we WILL return again.

Why I am raising funds for Very Special Kids and Starlight Foundation

The start of 2020 has been challenging for many, particularly those affected by ongoing bush fires crisis. Communities, families, wildlife, and nature have been profoundly impacted by these events. 

Yes, riding my bike is fun, and the 1,000km will be challenging, both mentally and physically, but it will be only for one week. The charities that we do this for however have ongoing needs and I am seeking to make a contribution by supporting Very Special Kids and the Starlight Foundation whose work is ongoing, even during these tragic events.

I am fortuante and thankful to have a healthy family and being able to contribute in this small way.  I have been training hard, sacrificing sleep and family time to train, and I hope that you can support us by generously donating to these wonderful organisations by supporting my efforts for Chain-Reaction.


Thank You To My Donors

Robert Papaleo

Mario, a great cause and we admire you for again making this commitment to raise funds for kids and families facing challenges that most others are lucky not to have had to experience. Ride safely and enjoy Tassie. Rob and family


Antonella Papaleo

I am sure the early morning training and weekend rides will be worth it in Tasmania. Well done, it is a wonderful cause that me and the kids proudly support you for.



Well done Mario. Such a great cause for the kids


Paul Powderly

Go get them big fella and make sure you come back safe


Milena Bettio


Hall & Wilcox


Alfonso Del Rio

Great cause - well done and enjoy the hills!


Pgp Consulting Pty Ltd


F & M Cananzi

Great to see you once again give your time and effort to raise money for this great cause. Keep up the good work. Hope you can pedal your way towards you goal.


Piper Alderman

Mario, all the best for your training and the ride from the team at Piper Alderman






Fabio Mandarano

Great effort for a great cause Mars. Have a great/safe ride!


David Omond


Courtney Dixon

Good on you Mario - shouldn't be much more than an easy roll for you!


Harley Belot

Wishing you the best on your ride from Belot Property!


Susan Sing

Hope it is going well Mario


David Carlon

Well done mate great effirt


Andrew Scott Of Boutique Corporate Advisory

All the best with your training and the ride Mario. Well done in advance!


Con Caccamo

Enjoy the ride and ignore the pain/butt.... Great cause and great work!


Mathew Ciavarella

Well done. I cant wait to hear all about the ride. Raising money for a great cause!


Tony Britten-jones


Felice Gigliotti

A really great effort Mario for a really great cause. Well done champ and pedal strong and safe mate!


Ted Fitzgerald


Adam Soffer


Rami E

Well done Mario, such a great cause. Enjoy the ride through Tassie.



well done Mario


Bernadette Spiteri

Congratulations on a great effort, Mario!


James King

Well done, Mario - going back for more makes it even more impressive! Ride well!


Leo Gmehling

Great cause, congrats on completing the event.


Zachary Pearson

Great work Mario!


Mario Papaleo

Hope the hills are kind.



Well done Mario