KIND in sad­dle for Jun­gle Ride

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

THERE’S more rea­son than ever to sup­port the Jun­gle Ride this year, as reg­is­tra­tions mount for an­nual the Port Dou­glas to Cape Tribu­la­tion ride.

Lo­cal fit­ness leg­end Les­ley Stephens started the ride in sup­port of Melbourne-based White­lion in sup­port of youth in cri­sis.

Last year KIND, which was es­tab­lished in 2008 in the Dou­glas re­gion as a not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion by and for lo­cal peo­ple, played a sup­port role in the char­ity ride re­ceiv­ing $10,000 to go to­wards lo­cal projects.

This year KIND is run­ning the whole event, along­side some of the ride’s core or­gan­is­ers from its in­cep­tion, Julian (JT) Thomas, Rae­lene Hall and Marco Piat, on Oc­to­ber 14, with all the pro­ceeds to stay in the Shire.

“We want to keep all the pro­ceeds from the event here in the shire, and it is now called the Jun­gle Ride for KIND,” said KIND vice-pres­i­dent Na­dine Jones.

Start­ing at Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex on Wharf street, the ride takes par­tic­i­pants through 90kms of stun­ning rain­for­est all the way to Cape Tribu­la­tion.

Rid­ers can choose to do 90km, 120km back to the Ferry or the full re­turn loop to fin­ish off an epic 180km ride.

The ride is di­vided into dif­fer­ent speed groups ac­cord­ing to abil­ity and caters for rid­ers of all lev­els from recre­ational to elite.

The Jun­gle Ride was cre­ated by Les­ley Stephens to in­spire ev­ery­day adults and chil­dren to step out­side their com­fort zones and chal­lenge them­selves all in the name of a great cause. Num­bers are capped at 250.

The ride is sup­ported by ma­jor spon­sors Hem­ing­way’s Brew­ery, Man­dalay, Bi­cy­cle Cen­tre Cairns and Ocean Sa­fari, The Bike Shop Port Dou­glas, Cen­tral Ho­tel Port Dou­glas, Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil, IGA Port Dou­glas and Avis. To reg­is­ter or do­nate go to www.jun­g­leride.bike

KIND has broad­ened its fundrais­ing in the past few years.

A sta­ple of the cal­en­dar has been the Melbourne Cup lunch at the Sher­a­ton, and its trivia nights (an­other is com­ing up on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 16, run by K-Star at the Cen­tral Ho­tel).

But in­volve­ment in the Jun­gle Ride, and in re­cent times the Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon, re­flect a wider ap­proach. “Even though we get th­ese big events, we still try to do the smaller events and be in­volved in the com­mu­nity,” said Mrs Jones.

There are no road clo­sures as­so­ci­ated with the Jun­gle Ride.

White­lion rid­ers cross­ing the Dain­tree River in 2015

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