TourXOz is the brainchild of two cycling friends who dreamed one day of challenging themselves to ride across Australia to raise funds and awareness for a community cause.
In 2010, that dream became a reality as organisers, Neil Jackson and Gary Denman, challenged themselves physically and emotionally by leading a team of eight cyclists from Perth to Sydney to raise funds for the Smith Family.
Three years later, with interest in the ride growing, the pair led a bunch of 35 riders on the same route to raise awareness about mental illness and funds for the Black Dog Institute, an organisation that researches, diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. The event raised $186,000 becoming the largest community fundraiser in the history of the Institute.
The bi-annual event is now a popular and permanent fixture on the cycling calendar. The team of Stefan Jansen (Logistics Manager), Deb Denman (Project Manager), Frank van Tulden (Social Media Manager), Vicki Jackson (Events Manager) and Ron Krueger (Communications Manager) is committed to:
- The challenge of crossing Australia from one coastline to another.
- Raising awareness of mental illness in our society.
- Raising sponsorship, team and individual funds for a specific charity, in this case, the Black Dog Institute.
- Promoting cycling as a healthy pursuit and a sustainable form of transport.
The 2015 Challenge
- Generate $250,000 in Charitable donations for the Black Dog Institute
- Generate local, regional and national awareness around Mental Health
- Generate media coverage for challenges in Regional Australia that affect Mental Health
- Demonstrate the power of exercise by 50 riders taking the journey
Past Media Coverage
- Television coverage was achieved by the following: WIN9 News in Canberra, SBS Cycling Central and Channel 9 News in Sydney
- Numerous Sydney Local newspapers during training – Manly Daily etc.
- Local Radio during the ride – Sydney, Perth, Coolgardie, Ceduna,Port Augusta, Mildura and Canberra
- Regional Newspapers during the ride – Perth, Ceduna, Mildura, Canberra Times