At 12:30 on Sunday 8 March, after an 1100km journey from Brisbane, 22 amazing people cycled into Sydney’s Clontarf Reserve to be greeted by over 100 family members, friends, supporters, MPs, representatives from Just Better Care and Fighting Chance staff and interns.
Fighting Chance will forever be grateful to our 2015 riders for the incredible efforts they have made for our organisation:
- Parshu Chenji
- Michael Johnston
- Richard O’Loughlin
- Jeremy Powell
- Brett Wilson
- Fergus Nelson
- Damian Chapelle
- Gavin Lister
- Peter Ebborn
- Stephen Cake
- Jack McCartney
- Peter Banks
- Graeme Wilson
- Tim Smealie
- Damian Roche
- Greg Rector
- Tim Powell
- Dan Powell
- Emilio Gonzalez
- Glenn Dobson
- Paul Brown
- Graeme Bricknell
The group covered 1,100kms from Brisbane to Sydney in nine days, averaging well over 100km each day. This included extreme temperatures, head winds, mountains and numerous other challenges from Mother Nature.
We’d also like to thank Simon Noakes, Neville Hedge, David Creecy, Franco Ivancich and Charles Kilby for assisting throughout the ride as support crew.
Fighting Chance is thrilled to report that the Tour de Chance was a major fundraising success with an incredible $452,905 raised.
This money will enable us to:
- Triple the number of employment, skill development and social participation opportunities we provide to young adults with a disability from 40 to 120;
- Take our first steps towards national expansion.
In just three years, the Tour de Chance has raised over $850,000. This is life-changing money for the people that Fighting Chance will be able to support.
Like last year, the Tour was also a wonderful opportunity to:
- Speak to people and communities along about the challenges faced by people with a disabilities when finding employment options, especially in regional Australia
- Continue to raise the profile of Fighting Chance and increase community awareness about the opportunities the Tour makes possible.
The Tour would not have been possible without the support of our corporate partners. Our Gold Partner, Just Better Care, and: Accident and Health International, Willis, Veloton, Airservices, Aerosure, Byron Bay Coffee Company, Smartsalary, QBE, Hantomeli Foundation, BTAS, Mitsubishi Motors, Carman’s and Deloitte.
The Fighting Chance family is incredibly grateful to everyone involved in the Tour. From our amazing riders and their families, everyone who donated, our corporate partners and our interns and staff who provided great support back at the office.
The Tour de Chance will be back, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest to ride.