The Bondi2Berry and Bondi2Brighton rides have concluded for this year, raising more than $215,000 for Dementia Australia.
On Saturday 7 September 120 cyclists took off from Bondi Beach to Berry on the annual bike ride to raise funds to support the work of Dementia Australia. It was a challenging ride, with headwinds of up to 90km an hour, making it a tough day on the bike but definitely a ride to remember.
In a first for the event, this year, 28 of those cyclists decided to continue riding a challenging, week-long, 1,200km bike ride to Brighton Beach in Victoria. This extra leg of the bike ride was named Bondi2Brighton.
Cyclist and organiser Nick Young said the ride was the longest and toughest many of the cyclists had ever done.
“It was an extremely rewarding ride, visiting schools and communities to raise awareness of dementia,” Mr Young said.
“There were a number of challenges along the way, including some strong winds which really pushed us all to our limits.
“But we stayed together as a team and we are all incredibly proud of our achievement and the amount of money we were able to raise for a great cause.”
Throughout the week-long ride, the team met with community members and the media to raise awareness of dementia and to continue raising funds.
At the finish line, cyclists were greeted by a crowd of well-wishers including Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe, Chair Graeme Samuel AC, Ambassadors Takaya Honda (star of Neighbours), Lyn Allison (Former Senator and Leader of the Australian Democrats), Nicola Stevens (Carlton Football Club AFLW player) and David Astle (Author and Broadcaster).
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 Bondi2Berry ride began at the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday 7 September, riding out of Sydney’s eastern suburbs and through parts of the Royal National Park to Wollongong, visiting Kiama, and finishing in Berry on the NSW south coast that afternoon.
The Bondi2Brighton cyclists then continued down the coast riding through Batemans Bay, Bega, Gipsy Point, Orbost, Sale, Warragul and finishing at Brighton Beach on Saturday 14 September.
Dementia Australia would like to thank the organising committee as well as the many cyclists, volunteers, donors and event partners for their efforts in raising support and awareness for dementia.