My dad was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, which gave me a steep learning curve into what this disease is all about. It prompted me to co-found the Bondi2Berry ride, which is now its 5th year. The awareness and fundraising we achieve allows the community to learn about dementia and to feel comfortable talking about dementia. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved so far and look forward to growing this in the future.
Pierre (Vice President)
In 2015, my Mother, aged only 63 years old was diagnosed with having early onset Dementia. After 2 years of looking for assistance, trying every channel for some kind of test, we finally got an actual diagnosis. However, with no structure for support, not yet at the retirement age of 65, it was left in the hands of her children. As a result, and after a discussion with Nick Young, we started Bondi2Berry, to try to make a difference, raise some money and awareness for a disease that is the 2nd biggest killer in Australia. With an ever ageing population, it requires us more now than ever, to raise funds for research and create awareness for this terrible illness that wreaks havoc on relationships and families. Unfortunately, my Mum passed away in November 2019 from Dementia.
Lucy (Secretary / Social Media)
I helped out as ride captain last year for group 5 (Bondi to Berry) , it was fun, meet some great people . I was honoured to be able to help out for such a good cause. Nick had asked me to be treasurer earlier this year, as I am an accountant, and was happy to help. I’m riding again this year, group 5 for the postponed Bondi to Berry event on the 5th December.
Nicole (Marketing and Events)
My beautiful healthy 73 year old Mum, Dianne Stanners, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in early 2016, which is why I rode and supported my founding friends in the inaugural Bondi2Berry. Mum sadly passed away in October last year at the age of 76. It is soul destroying to watch what this disease does to someone you love and there isn’t a day that goes by I don’t think about how sick she was.
My personal experience has opened my eyes and is why I’ve ridden 4 Bondi2Berrys, Bondi2Brighton and I am part of the committee. As a committee, I hope we can not only help find a cure for this insidious disease, but raise understanding and empathy in the community to help those with Dementia live rich and fulfilling lives.
I found the love of cycling after my twin sister gave me her old bike which had been passed to her by our dad. I then met Nick Young who told me what he was doing with his B2B charity ride raising awareness for dementia. I was instantly in. My first year the 155km ride was my biggest ride and a big challenge so I was proud to raise funds in memory of my grandma and my friends dad who is suffering from the disease.
My grandfather, Albert Petulla, a man who taught me what love looks like and the value of family, was diagnosed with dementia. This giant of a man in a little Italian body was sharp and loyal, cheeky and proud. He had a gentle side that oozed out of him in the presence of his family, especially his wife, my Nonna, who he unapologetically loved more than life. He passed away on Thursday the 25th of July 2019. He endured an agonisingly slow decline at the hands of this cruel disease that took all the best parts of him long before it took his life. I can’t change the past, but I definitely want to be part of changing the future! Being on the committee with this amazing group of passionate cyclists who are out to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, raise awareness and provide support for families living with it while ensuring funds are going into research for a cure has given my family and I solace and renewed hope that dementia will one day be a thing of the past.
Paul (Training rides & logistics)
My grandmother had Dementia and I saw the frustration this caused her as well as the impact to my family helping to look after her and this was my opportunity do some something positive. I feel privileged to be part of the amazing B2B Committee.
Sometimes I spend longer at the coffee shop than I spent on the bike but to me the banter is just as important as the strava segments. My wife, Cassie, and I through our company have sponsored the B2B ride since its inception. Supporting the event is very important to me and I have enjoyed watching it grow and achieve fantastic success.
Tom (the ‘domestique’)
My Mum was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50s, which was a shock to our whole family. Mum has taken the diagnosis in her stride and has tried to make the best of a difficult situation over the years.
I jumped at the opportunity to be on the Bondi2Berry committee which has given me a chance to tangibly be involved in dementia related initiatives and help continue to grow the event and community that is Bondi2Berry.