Exciting times are ahead!
In March/April 2010, I will be riding solo across the Southern states of Australia. This will be to raise funds for MS Australia. To quote their web-site, "MS Australia strives for a world without multiple sclerosis through quality research and for service excellence to people with multiple sclerosis and their carers."
( http://www.msaustralia.org.au/ )
The goal is to raise $100,000 AUD... or more...
I’ve been told that one guy rode his push-bike from Adelaide to Melbourne and managed to raise $56,000. Apparently, the fact that I’m a female (last time I checked), completing this journey solo on a motorcycle, and actually have MS will make it more appealing for people to donate to a worthy cause. I sure hope so!
So, MS Australia have signed me on... they’ve even created a web-site / blog for me!
... I know, I know... a cheesey URL... couldn’t be helped... *sigh*
At the time of writing this, my work has given me approval for leave (1.5 to 2 months), a firm date of departure has yet to be set... this will be based on the route, which I am currently working on. Melbourne to Tasmania, back to Melbourne, across to South Australia, finishing in Perth, Western Australia... or maybe even a round trip? Can I get back to Melbourne as well? Time will tell what I can come up with for the route.
I also have to take into account stop-overs for raising MS awareness and promotion of my goals. I will possibly have to talk to the media for interviews that MS Australia will organise.
For those of you who don’t know me that well, I HATE having my photo taken! I avoid cameras whenever possible! So, this part will be more of a challenge than the ride itself! If the media want to talk to me and take my picture, dya reckon I can get away with a pic with my SHOEI on?? LOL Fingers crossed...
I have to work on a list of equipment I will need for my trip too. If there are any bikers out there that have some words of wisdom for a trip like this, shoot me an email! I’m eager to hear your thoughts!
Besides dealing with MS Australia, I have made it my mission to make as many biker organisations aware of this fundraiser as I possibly can. Feel free to spread the word! And please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason! Perhaps I can also receive some worthwhile suggestions in this regard?
I’m hoping this will be the first of many major adventures...