Ray van Veenendaal

2023 Melbourne 7 Day Challenge

Help me support kids in need

I am writing to ask for a donation to a cause, and towards a riding challenge that has a particularly personal story for me. 

I'm an incredibly lucky person. A very long story - short - is that my twin girls, after a complicated pregnancy and born prematurely, are now happy, healthy, amazing, confident 8 year olds. At one stage they were given a less than 2% chance of survival. In fact, I was called by doctors to explain that one would not survive the night... A phone call I'll never forget. I don't want parents or families to ever experience that loneliness or helplessness... so a small difference is worthwhile.
My wife, Penny and I sat in a NICU ward for 7 weeks while the hospital staff, modern medicine and equipment saved both Madeline and Isabel's lives.  

Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children. The program challenges people 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 in March.

My passion for cycling is a new one. It will be a huge challenge for me. I have never faced a physical undertaking of this nature or scale.

My goal is to complete the course, and to raise money for the Monash Children's Hospital NICU ward. The money raised will fund more resuscitaire machines. The hospital staff & these machines saved my daughter's lives. I owe everything to them. Last year I managed to raise $19,000 through the amazing generousity of everyone. I hope to raise another $6,000... enough for one of these beds. 

If 115 people donate $250 to this cause - one machine will be purchased. My goal is to raise at least $20, 000 towards the purchase of one of these machines and any amount you can contribute I would be incredibly grateful for. 

Thank You To My Donors

Kay & Burton

Proud of you Ray, great cause and good luck


Marshall White & Co Pty Ltd

Well done Ray! Good luck and enjoy the ride.


Louise Jenkins

Great effort RVV


Paul Van Veenendaal

Good luck with the ride.


Tony Sutton

Great work man. You're a machine


Prashant Iyer

Great work Ray.


Paul Green

Good luck with the ride Ray...great cause, you're a good man!


Paul & Barb Gregory

Ride like the wind!


Amanda Vaughan

Fantastic job Ray. Best of luck & enjoy the ride!


The Littlejohns

Love your work Ray. Well done, ride hard!


Kathryn & David Lyons

Couldn't be prouder of you. Enjoy the ride! ❤️


Jason Dunham

Well done Raymond


Tony And Mel Walton

Well done Ray.


Belinda Sinclair

Big respect to you Ray, what a huge challenge for a very special cause. Best of luck!


Loz, Drew, Soph, Jack And Essie Layton

Legend!!!! Proud of you Ray!!!


Carolyn Matthews

Fantastic effort Ray - well done


Foucauld Dalle

Keep going Ray! Well done for an amazing effort !


Gary Brown & Lynnette Mcgowan

Good on you for giving back Ray!!!!


Lisa Markovic

I'm blown away by your family's story, Ray. Best wishes for the ride - you've got this!!! 💪🚴‍♂️👭🏼


Erin D

Incredible effort Ray!


Guy Tancock

On ya buddy!


Eoin Brawn

Good to see you hitting a target ! Best of luck with this - great cause


Sue James

Enjoy the ride! 🙂



Go Ray Ray xx


Lee Brentnall


Greig Kearney

Go you good thing. Madeline and Isobel will get you over those hills mate. Be safe and have an amazing time. ❤️


Dani Harmer

Go on you Ray!!


Tim Oughton

Amazing to see you have already reached your goal here Ray. I know it all counts, and it's such a important cause, and one so near and dear to you. Best of luck with the ride


Brad Morgan

Well done mate, have opted in to get daily updates and photos so please deliver some comedic gold. All the best it's a great cause


Jono M

All the best with the ride Ray!


Pooyan A

What a great cause... Go go!


Kate, Mark, Annie And Sam

In your endo VVD. Proud of you x


Branko Marcina

Good on you Ray. I hope you have a great experience.


Your Bigger Little Brother Drew

Proud of you brother! I hope it goes as planned!


Tania Holmes

Enjoy the beautiful scenery in NZ! Such a great cause!


Isabel & Duncan Pyper

Go Ray ray



Onya Raydog - keep smashing it pal


Simone Ellis

Good Luck Ray!


Rob Peattie

Hope you’ve got a comfy bike seat mate!


Rachel Savio

Congratulations Ray


Craig Tucker

Well done Ray, it's a big week and I hope the training is going well.


R. Fowler

Good luck Ray!!


Peta Gilholme

Amazing Ray!! You're an inspiration!


Sam Reddie

Good luck with the ride Ray! Sounds like a great cause to get behind


Dom Dagher

Well done Ray!


Becky Casey

Beautiful cause - Hope you hit your target!



Good luck! Huge challenge


Erin Mcgrath

Good luck Ray!