Step up for TOOMOO
A RECORD number of entries from cyclists will help young people with a disability this April.
A group of dedicated participants will ride 220 gruelling kilometres in one day to raise money for STEPS Pathways College to help young people with a disability learn life skills.
The annual TOOMOO (Toowoomba to Mooloolaba) ride will take place on April 29 and 200 participants are expected.
Entries are capped, and close on March 31.
Riders will travel to Toowoomba on the Friday night by bus, and return on two wheels.
Founder of TOOMOO and avid cyclist Dave Fellows said he chose STEPS Charity as the beneficiary for this year’s ride due to its common values.
“I elected to partner the TOOMOO with STEPS Charity because they align perfectly with my principal desire – to empower,” he said.
“STEPS Charity is all about empowering and TOOMOO is all about empowerment.
“It’s a wonderful thing when the empowerment of one has the
knock-on effect to empower others.”
From something that started out as a crazy challenge, the TOOMOO has raised more than $40,000 for local charities in the past two years.
Dave said it was more than just a ride.
“TOOMOO is a family of passionate individuals who share a common interest in cycling and a want to give back to our community,” he said.
“I look forward to welcoming new riders this year to share in our passion for empowerment.”
Money raised will provide opportunities for young adults with a disability to experience independent living in purposebuilt units, while undertaking an intensive training program.
After 12 months each student will graduate with the skills and ability to rent or buy their own home, cook their own meals, manage their support needs, and lead a happy, healthy life.
STEPS charity manager Angela Miles said STEPS was thrilled to be named as this year’s beneficiary.
Preparing for the 2017 TOOMOO ride are (front, from left) Sandra Fellows, Sammy Hemsley, Dave Fellows and Rachael Witton.