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Ian's Fundraising Page

Versent TourXOz 2019


raised of
$3,500 goal
Thanks to
208 supporters

I know we are often inundated with "please sponsor me to go on this holiday, etc". I have not done one of these for ages, so perhaps forgive this indulgence. The Black Dog institute is a really great charity and they do some amazing work on mental health and depression which is a huge issue in our community.

It is estimated that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide (World Health Organisation 2017). Australia is an amazing country, but we are not immune from this reality.

I am riding from Cairns to Cape York through some of Australia’s most remote country to raise awareness for Mental Health and to engage with Communities along the way. Many of our riders have personal stories that motivate them to be involved in this important activity. We need to destigmatise Mental Health, raise awareness and talk about the challenges many Australians face. We are paying our own way to go on the ride, so 100% of your donation goes to the Black Dog.

My Updates

13 Jun 2019

I wanted to give you a quick update on how our ride to the tip went last week. Punchline - we all made it. It was a tough ride - 8 days of riding over some pretty serious terrain. Some bitumen, a lot of gravel roads, some sand (which was hell to ride through) many creek crossings, and some gnarly, rutted, rocky trails. We had a few falls, scrapes and bruises but nobody broke anything, nobody got eaten by crocodiles and nobody needed to be airlifted out 👍 Thank you all again for your generosity.

15 Apr 2019

I've been absolutely blown away with the generosity of my friends and colleagues who have so generously donated. This is a cause that resonates strongly in many industries, but almost especially so in the startup world. Startups are brutal and there is a large incidence of depression and stress and other mental health issues. I'm glad to be playing my small part in helping The Black Dog address this. Thank you everyone!

Ian has 208 supporters