Help me support kids in need
In 4 weeks (March 2), I’ll be riding in the 2024 Chain Reaction Challenge. 7 days of riding, 1000kms in total - taking me from Melbourne, out over the Grampians, along the Great Ocean Road and back to Melbourne via the Peninsula and the Dandenong’s. I’ve done a similar charity ride 5 years back – not quite as long, our daily kilometres are 140 – 174kms, which is epic to say the least.
It’s a daunting goal, but one I am doing for two reasons. Firstly, it raises money for the organisation I have begun working for. BaptistCare runs a community service, social housing arm called Hopestreet. It has centres across NSW supporting children living with disadvantage and distress in some of the most vulnerable communities in Australia.
I believe people are doing it really tough at the moment, especially young people living on the street and women & kids fleeing domestic violence. Donations from this year's challenge will sustain vital family services for them. It will also support things like the school breakfast club and safe and affordable housing, ensuring vulnerable children's safety, well-being, and helping brighten their future.
The second reason I’m riding is that I want to challenge myself in my 50th year. I love the social aspect of riding, and the people I’ll be riding with all want to make a difference – they genuinely all have the biggest hearts, fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the incredible work and resources that wouldn’t be possible any other way.
I hope to survive it ? and make a real difference, helping to fund greatly needed local services. I ask for your support and any donation big or small. By supporting me in this challenge, you'll be helping us make a real difference in the lives of these children. Don’t forget it’s a tax-deductible donation, so please if your work would also like to donate, forward them the link! https://www.chain-reaction.org.au/fundraisers/samanthahall/2024-sydney-challenge
My Activity Tracking
My target 0kms
2 weeks to go!
Life is short, make it matter
We make decisions every day, every hour, every second and these decisions become our way of life.
They either empower us and others to lead greater more purposeful lives or they diminish and waste time, focussing on things and actions that go nowhere and feel hollow.
With the time I have I want to do three simple things, challenge myself, help people and have fun.
It’s a common theme amongst the people I work with and also amongst the people that are meaningful in my life. A shared understanding that when you can you help those in need; where you can you are generous of spirit, with your time, your energy, and your ability to listen.
This opportunity to ride in the Chain Reaction is another way I can support this philosophy. I love riding, it’s a massive challenge - as I’m a social rider at best, and the fundraising and awareness we provide whilst training and doing it will aid young families fleeing unsafe environments like domestic violence. It’s a massive issue in our society, here in Australia, locally, even in your neighbourhood. Heartbreakingly it’s much more prevalent than you would ever imagine.
This year I’m looking for donation support for our major charity partner, BaptistCare Hope Street.
Enjoy following my blog of each training ride and the blood, sweat and tears (yes there may be a few of those along the way from exhaustion!). Come along for the ride as I head off on 7 days, 1000kms of Victorian countryside, from Ballarat to the Great Ocean Road and back to Melbourne. It is going to be Epic!Share