Mick & Ben

2020 Victoria Ride

Chain Reaction number 5

In March I will be completing my 5th Chain Reaction and raising money in honour of both my kids. In 2018/19, Ben went through an incredibly tough and challenging brain injury and surgery. Thanks to numerous visits to the Starlight Express Room and his surgeons, he is now fighting fit and helping us raise money (pics in the gallery).

In the last 12 months, Ben also lost a friend from his primary school whose family were supported by Very Special Kids - an equally amazing charity.

Gus also deserves a mention despite his perfect health! He has, however, been a huge support for both his little bro and his parents ... way beyond his 13 years.


PwC will be sending a 7-person team consisting of 5 PwC staff members – Rob Silverwood, Paul Tasker, Ellen Jones, Adam Davis and Mick Calder – plus two friends of the firm – Mark George and Paul Higgins.

In total, 45 riders are involved, riding over 1,000km across 7 days through mountainous and cold Tasmania. In total, we aim to raise approximately $1 million before and during the ride.

The major charity beneficiaries are Starlight Foundation and Very Special Kids, both of which have close and personal ties.


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.

Thank You To My Donors

Marcus Tierney

Good luck for the ride Mick and Ben! Take care mate, Marcus


Calder Family

Great effort, Great Cause, Starlight Foundation amazing support for the whole family lash yearGO! GO! GO!!!!!


Efm Logistics



1,000 km makes me tired just thinking about it


Simon Cunnington (equity&super)

Well done Mick, Ben and family for an incredibility brave few years. Enjoy the ride.



great cause - well done and well done Ben.


Andrew Cowlishaw

Hey boys! Good luck out there. i expect you will be on the front charging!


Myles Anceschi

Top cause mate - good luck.


David Mcgrath

When your legs hurt, say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!



Good luck guys!


Michael Knoff

Wishing you all the best. Glad Ben and 2020 all looking up


Angus Macnab

Mick Ben, inspirational! Wishing you both all the best.


Doug Roem

Mick Good luck for the ride. You will be in good hands with Ben as support crew. Cheers


Ben Chamberlain


James Foster

Mick, Long time between rides and news. Sorry to hear about ben. Would love to catch up next time you are around Lennox. James


Chris Adams

Good luck mate! Great cause. And really glad your little man is doing well.


Nick Codling

Fantastic that Ben is doing well, all the best for the ride!


Margie Woods

Sending love


Simon Traynor

enjoy the experience boys I love the fact you are doing good + having fun at the same time MIck ... keep Higgins honest on the hills


Guy Callaghan

Fantastic effort to complete Mick


Sebastian Hams

Good luck mate


Andre La Gerche


Edwards / Phillips Family!

Great effort Mick and great cause obviously!!