The inaugural Home Instead Bondi2Berry ride took place in 2016. Former Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott MP and Andrew “Reidy” Reid from Bondi Rescue were among forty riders who started in Bondi and rode the 155km down the coast to Berry. Riding to remember a friend or family member affected by dementia. The ride increased awareness and raised over $56,000 to go towards researching a cure for dementia.
In 2017 Bondi2Berry grew to 60 riders and fundraising exceeded $75,000. The ride in 2018 had 80 riders in four groups, raising over $130,000.
In 2019 there were 120 riders to Berry and the inaugural Bondi2Brighton ride took place with 28 riders continuing from Berry down the coast to Brighton Beach in Melbourne. 2019 fundraising exceeded $215,000.
2020 was the 5th running of Bondi2Berry, postponed to December due to COVID-19 but still delivered safely and successfully. 100 riders rode to Berry and raised $78,000, and 35 riders took on the 4 day Bondi2BlueMtns ride (postponed to March 2021) and raised over $100,000 with a combined total of $185,000.
On 20 November 2021 we had 140 riders over 7 groups participate in the 6th Bondi2Berry. Postponed again due to COVID-19 however still able to ride to remember in a covid safe manner, and raised over $153,000 to fund a research project.
Our goal is to raise over $1million by the end of 2023 to go towards dementia research and find a cure.
In 2019 we formed Bondi2Berry Incorporated – our mission is to increase understanding of and help find a cure for dementia by:
- Organising large scale cycling events that increase awareness of dementia, and help improve community health and well-being.
- Raising money to fund dementia specific research projects and help find a cure for dementia.
- Communicating dementia related information to continue to educate the community about the disease to help fundraising.
- Organising community engagement events and school visits that enable people to talk about their experiences with dementia assist in raising awareness and fundraising.
Why are we riding?
We are riding to raise awareness of dementia. Co-founders Nick and Pierre have first hand experience with the disease. 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 and sadly passed away in 2019. 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 goal for 2021 is to raise $120,000 for Dementia Australia. All funds raised by the ride will go towards researching a cure and associated research projects. Dementia has become the leading cause of death among Australian women, and the third leading cause of death for Australian men (ABS 2017). There is no cure.
If you would like to make a financial contribution and help us fundraise to help find a cure, please donate here:
2021 Bondi2Berry fundraising page
Award winning journalist and Network Ten news presenter, Natarsha Belling was a Bondi2Berry Ambassador for our inaugural ride in 2016 and continues to help 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 for the fourth straight trip from his favourite beach all the way down the coast to Berry in 2019.
An internationally known chef, author, television personality, fitness enthusiast, and gluten-free lifestyle advocate. With a passion for cycling and living a healthy life.
Each cycling club or group has various rules and guidelines to follow when cycling. Bondi2Berry has developed this document to outline some specifics about how our training rides and the Bondi2Berry ride itself will operate.Bondi2Berry rider etiquette (542 downloads)