White­lion rides again

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

TEN-YEAR old lo­cal lad Jamie Hud­son is tak­ing part in the 2013 White­lion Jun­gle Ride, ped­alling 90km from Port Dou­glas to Cape Tribu­la­tion, to raise funds and aware­ness for a wor­thy cause.

Now in its fifth year, the White­lion Jun­gle Ride is go­ing from strength to strength. It is ex­pected around 200 par­tic­i­pants will take part in this pic­turesque ride and fundraiser.

Founded in 1999 in re­sponse to an iden­ti­fied gap in tran­si­tional ser­vices for young peo­ple leav­ing ju­ve­nile jus­tice, White­lion has con­tin­ued to ex­pand its ser­vices in re­sponse to vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple’s needs.

Jamie said he was look­ing for­ward to the ride.

‘‘I’m do­ing it for fun and to raise money to help kids not as lucky as me,’’ he said.

‘‘I did it last year and it was a very long ride but a lot of fun.

‘‘I’ve been rid­ing lots so I will get to Cape Tribu­la­tion. ‘‘Dad and some friends are do­ing it with me. ‘‘I’m very ex­cited.’’ White­lion opens doors to op­por­tu­ni­ties, re­la­tion­ships and com­mu­nity for at-risk young peo­ple in the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity. White­lion has been sup­port­ing at-risk young peo­ple for more than 12 years, help­ing them to change their lives.

The White­lion Jun­gle Ride was cre­ated in the hope it would en­cour­age and in­spire or­di­nary peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, and those with less ath­letic ex­pe­ri­ence, to step out­side of their com­fort zones and chal­lenge them­selves, while at the same time help­ing to raise funds for th­ese young peo­ple in ur­gent need of help.

The ride caters for rid­ers of all lev­els of abil­ity and fit­ness in­clud­ing re­cre­ational cy­clists right up to elite ath­letes.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the up­com­ing White­lion Jun­gle Ride con­tact Les­ley Stephens via email on las56@big­pond.net.au or phone 0418 792 321.

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