By Ted Allon
In 2008, six Aussie blokes went to San Francisco to compete in the Alcatraz Challenge. Five did the 3 km swim from the famous Alcatraz Prison Island and 1 of us did the 14km run across the Golden Gate Bridge and back. All 5 who did the swim made the top 100 out of 6 to 7 hundred competitors. It was a great event and very exhilarating. We loved it and we all "escaped from Alcatraz".
CANCER is one of Australia’s main takers of life. Cancer does not discriminate. It affects men, women and children alike. It must be stopped.
Kidney to Melbourne, in 2009, will cycle from Sydney to Melbourne and raise money for the Peter MacCullum Cancer Institute.
With only 4 weeks to go, I am training hard with many days starting at 4.30am; I am riding 300+km a week, before work, to be tour fit.
You cannot choose when you have cancer. It does not rest. This motivates me daily.
Why are we riding? A few facts:
· In Australia more than 106,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. That’s 290 people yesterday, 290 today, and 290 tomorrow.
· Funding is vital for hope, support, research and information for every single Australian.
· Funding helps not only those with cancer but their family and friends.
Yes, you can help!
You can join the fight without pedalling a single kilometre. You can get on the road to finding a cure by making a donation. Every dollar counts. All donations help, regardless of their value but here are some suggestions to get you thinking:
· $48 would cover $3 per week of training (16 weeks)...and the same price as a takeaway coffee
· $96 is 3 times my age...
· $550 would be like donating 50 cents per kilometre (1,100km)...and $1000, well...
· All donations (over $2) are fully tax deductable.
It’s easy to donate online:
Go to our fundraising page at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/kidney_to_melbourne or visit our NEW website www.kidneytomelbourne.com.au
Donations only take a couple of minutes and all donations over $2 are tax deductible. You will be emailed an invoice directly from the website.
Alternatively you could write a cheque made payable to Peter Mac Cancer Centre, which I will forward directly to them.
The ride is getting close and I am getting very excited to start our journey on Boxing Day, but I really need your help to reach my goal.
A big thank you to everyone that has contributed and donated to the Kidney to Melbourne Ride so far!
To date we have raised just over $8,000 getting us well on the way to our $25,000 target!!
What are we doing with the money raised?
We will be purchasing a new ultrasound machine which assists in the biopsy and diagnosis of Kidney Cancer. The machine costs $27,000 so of course our target has moved to $27,000! Check out the attachment to see what we’re riding for.
Thanks so much for your support and please forward this to anyone you know who would also like to be a part of the fight against cancer.
Ahmad Sowaid – Proud Team Kidney to Melbourne Rider
M: +61 (0)427 230 028
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kidney-to-Melbourne/186901292734
More than 720 teams of four took part in Oxfam Melbourne, 27-29 March 2009. The challenge was to run or walk 100km within a 48hour time limit and raise a minimum of $1000 per team to help overcome poverty and suffering around the world. Starting at Wheelers Hill and finishing at Westburn Park, Yarra Valley it is a massive race and amazing achievement for those who compete!
James Mundy and Tommy Jepson two of our coaches from Tri Fitness joined forces with John Darnell and Sam Cavanagh, who train with Tri Fitness to form Team Orca. Together the boys completed the race in 16:16mins and raised close to $3000! They placed 20th in the teams division and 27th overall. Well Done boys - great job!
- To check out race details or see how to enter for 2010, visit the oxfam website:
Those of us fortunate enough to be able to go out and buy a new pair of trainers as soon as our old ones are looking a little worn or no longer quite as supportive as they should be, are very lucky! We probably don’t think twice about walking into a sports shop and choosing our next pair and tossing our old ones to the trash or perhaps even “The Salvos”. Well here at TriFitness in conjunction with ANZUK teachers we have discovered a better alternative. All of our old runners are donated to very appreciative, underprivileged kids who are unable to buy new runners and rely on the generosity of government services or people like us.