Mick & Ben

2019 Victoria Ride

Ben's Chain Reaction story ...

Unfortunately, Chain Reaction's purpose and its charity partners are sometimes a little too close to home. In the past month, we have had our own experience with Monash Children's Hospital and one of our major charity partners - Starlight.

My 10 y.o. - Ben - underwent brain surgery on 4 Feb (this year) and he has insisted I ride in my 4th Chain Reaction to help raise money and continue the incredible work Starlight does.

... so it looks like another 1,000 plus kilometres in 7 days for me. Help me support kids in need and help Ben give back to some people who helped him when he really needed it.

Message from Ben

Hi, I'm Ben and I'm helping Dad raise money for Chain Reaction. As you can see from the photos in the gallery at the bottom of the page (the one above was taken 1 week before my operation) I've recently had brain surgery at Monash Children's Hospital.

The Starlight room and Captain Starlights were amazing and I also saw a lot of kids who are worse off than me. I'd love to raise as much money as possible to help Starlight and those kids who need cheering up.

What happens at the Starlight Room?

A visit to the Starlight room is an escape from the seemingly neverending medical talk and procedures. No-one talks about medical stuff ... it's all about distractions and fun. It provides kids and their families a place to hang out and play games at the pace they can manage.

In this picture, only a few days post surgery, Ben managed to get himself up to the Starlight room with his nurse, Annie, to play Mario Cart and indoor basketball.

Thank you to my donors

Anne Calder

Great work, I will be following X


Paul Kirk

Well done Ben forgetting your Dad to do this!....A great cause! best, Paul & Julie


Peter Calder

Good luck!


Gemma Bray

Such a strong young boy, definitely a Calder. Always thinking of the family.