The Ride to Remember
The inaugural Home Instead Bondi2Berry Ride to Remember took place in 2016. Former Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott MP and Andrew “Reidy” Reid from Bondi Rescue were among the forty riders who started in Bondi and rode the 155km down the coast to Berry. Riding to remember a friend or family member who is affected by dementia.
The ride increased awareness and raised over $56,000 to go towards researching a cure for dementia.
Why are we riding?
We are riding to raise awareness of dementia.
Organisers Nick, Pierre and James have first hand experience with the disease. Nick and Pierre have parents who suffer from dementia. Both of Nick’s grandmothers passed away after suffering from dementia, and Nick’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Pierre’s mother was diagnosed in 2015. James has worked in aged care since 2010 and has witnessed the stress the disease places on carers and family.
Their personal experiences, as well as those of many of their close friends, prompted the guys to use their passion for cycling to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for the terrible disease.
The Challenge for 2017
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia. It is a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain, it is not one specific disease. There is no cure.
Currently there are more than 410,000 Australians living with dementia. Without a major breakthrough in research, the figure is expected to soar to over 1 million by 2050.
The challenging goal for the 2017 Ride to Remember is to raise $75,000 for Alzheimer’s Australia. All funds raised by the ride will go towards researching a cure.
If you would like to make a financial contribution and help us fundraise to help find a cure, please donate here:
2017 Bondi2Berry Ride to Remember fundraising page
Award winning journalist and Network Ten news presented, Natarsha Belling was a Bondi2Berry Ambassador for our inaugural ride in 2016 and is back this year to support the Ride to Remember, helping raise awareness of dementia and contribute to our aim of helping find a cure.
A Bondi Rescue Lifeguard by trade, a cyclist come September. Reidy is back in 2017 to take on the 155km challenge from his favourite beach all the way down the coast to Berry.