27 Jul Back on the bike to raise money for support and a cure for dementia
The Bondi2Berry charity bike ride is back this September and aiming to raise $100,000 for Dementia Australia.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death among women and in 2020, there are an estimated 459,000 Australians living with the condition.
The Bondi2Berry ride has raised more than $500,000 for Dementia Australia since its inception and this money has gone towards supporting people impacted by dementia and vital research into a cure.
This is the fifth year of the ride and in 2020 it is also the launch of the Bondi2BlueMtns ride. On Saturday 12 September 120 cyclists will ride from Bondi Beach to Berry. From there, a smaller group of riders will continue on, riding through the Blue Mountains and finishing in Sydney.
Organisers Nick Young and Pierre Sullivan have first-hand experience of the disease. Both of Mr Young’s grandmothers passed away after living with dementia and his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Mr Sullivan’s mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.
“The organisation and uncertainty around this year’s ride has been challenging,” Mr Young and Mr Sullivan said.
“It’s a pretty special year, as it’s our fifth anniversary. With this in mind, and considering the circumstances, our focus has shifted slightly.
“We are very conscious of the current climate and our main priority, as always, is the safety of our riders and crew.
“We are back training, within the government guidelines, and everyone is very excited to get fit for Bondi2Berry in September, ride together again and continue to raise awareness and funds for dementia.”
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe thanked the organising committee for their extraordinary efforts to have the event happen this year, even with the complications of COVID-19.
“The entire Bondi2Berry crew adapted incredibly well to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to ensure they were able to host a safe ride for all involved and in line with all regulations,” Ms McCabe said.
“Each year I am inspired by this fantastic group of riders, fundraisers, volunteers and supporters and on behalf of Dementia Australia, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all involved.
“I am looking forward to keeping a close eye on the ride and hearing about their progress on their journey from Bondi to Berry and through the beautiful Blue Mountains.”
The Bondi2Berry ride will start at the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday 12 September, riding out of Sydney’s eastern suburbs and through parts of the Royal National Park to Wollongong, visiting dementia-friendly Kiama, and finishing in Berry on the NSW south coast that afternoon.
The Bondi2BlueMtns riders will then continue to ride, stopping at Goulburn and Lithgow before finishing back in Sydney on Tuesday 15 September.
For more information about Bondi2Berry and how to donate please visit www.bondi2berry.com