Riding from Airlie to Sydney for charity
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