Cambodia in their sights
Endurance ride raises vital funds for disadvantaged families
PEDAL POWER: Maroochydore State High School students, from right to left, Kane Cowan, Jamie Gibson, Emily Newman-Tyler, Kody Jorgensen, Bayley Hooper and Ella Mather joined the charity ride on stationary bikes last weekend to help Cambodians.
IT WAS an ambitious goal but they’ve blown it out of the park.
Last weekend fundraisers came together at Maroochydore State High School to ride the distance between the Sunshine Coast and Cambodia, which equates to 6775kms.
The catch was, the distance must be completed in 24 hours – a feat they’d never achieved.
President of the Swanies LEOs club, Kody Jorgenson, said the riders had “smashed” their goal, riding more than 7000kms within the designated 24 hours.
“The Swanies LEOs club would like to thank everyone who participated and donated,” he said.
“The club will be on a high for many weeks to come at the exceptional attendance and generosity displayed by all those who took part.
“So far, $2407.20 has been raised for the cause.”
The event, Going the Distance, raises money for two organisations to provide financial assistance to Cambodians.
This includes the Maroochydore State High School humanitarian trip which will be visiting Cambodia in September to aid an orphanage and teach at a local school.
The second organisation is Milk and Honey, an Australian organisation aiming to empower Cambodians.
Mr Jorgenson said the riders’ aim was to raise $1 for every kilometre ridden and, with more than a week left of fundraising, there was still time to lend a helping hand.
“LEOs have been organising the event since the start of the year,” he said. “It is an annual event run at Maroochydore State High School.
“We’ve been doing this event for four years previously but it’s usually done over a week.”
Mr Jorgenson said the event was very inclusive and gave people of all abilities the chance to have a go.
“People like myself that hardly every ride a bike just go in there with a positive attitude and cheer everyone on,” he said.
Donations are open till August 14 via www.paypal.me/ LEOCLUBOFSWANIES.
❝People like myself that hardly every ride a bike just go in there with a positive attitude and cheer everyone on.
UP TO CHALLENGE: Maroochydore State High School students, from right to left, Kane Cowan, Jamie Gibson, Emily Newman-Tyler, Kody Jorgensen, Bayley Hooper and Ella Mather.