Rid­ing from Air­lie to Syd­ney for char­ity

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

TWENTY-one year old Ni­co­las Ozolins is in train­ing for a 2000 kilo­me­tre bi­cy­cle ride from Air­lie Beach to Syd­ney next month to raise funds for those suf­fer­ing with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

Ni­cholas is the brother of Whit­sun­days res­i­dent Matthew Ozolins, who is very proud of his sib­ling’s ride to raise funds for be­yond­blue.

“Ni­co­las will be vis­it­ing me in the Whit­sun­days next month, but he only has a one-way ticket. He is rid­ing over 2000km back to Syd­ney from Air­lie Beach in or­der to raise funds and aware­ness for be­yond­blue,” he said.

Start­ing on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 21, Ni­cholas said the char­ity be­yond­blue was close to his heart, know­ing close friends who had suf­fered from de­pres­sion.

“I was look­ing into tak­ing a sum­mer trip when I came across other peo­ple on the in­ter­net do­ing mas­sive things like this ride and I thought cool, I can do this and de­cided to com­mit. I think it’s a good op­por­tu­nity to raise money for the char­ity,” he said.

“What be­yond­blue do is re­ally im­por­tant and I care about it be­cause I have friends who have been af­fected. I’m hop­ing to raise $1000 and raise more sup­port and com­mu­nity aware­ness.”

Mr Ozolins es­ti­mates the ride will take him around a month to com­plete and will see him on the road for at least 70 kilo­me­tres each day.

“I’ve been train­ing since the be­gin­ning of Au­gust and I don’t know any­one who has done this be­fore so I am feel­ing it out as I go,” he said.

“I’m do­ing the ride on my own and I’m go­ing to carry all my gear and camp on the road”.

To sup­port Ni­co­las Ozolins’ 2000 kilo­me­tre bi­cy­cle ride for be­yond­blue visit the Ev­ery­day Hero web­site www.ev­ery­day­hero.com.au.

BIG RIDE: Matthew Ozolins is rid­ing his bike 2000km from Air­lie Beach to Syd­ney to raise funds for be­yond­blue. Photo Jes­sica Long

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