This week, Staging Connections’ Tony Chamberlain, Managing Director and Karsten Richert, Regional General Manager will join 20 of Australia’s most dedicated non-professional cyclists to take on the gruelling ride from Brisbane to Sydney in the hope to raise $150,000 to help seriously ill children in hospitals across Australia by supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
With a tour of Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane on Friday October 11, the riders will officially start on Saturday October 12 from Brisbane travelling to Warwick. After that first 226km leg, the team will then ride to Glen Innes through Armidale, Tamworth and Newcastle before arriving in Sydney on Friday October 18. This year’s ride will culminate in an official celebration at the Humpty Dumpty Foundation headquarters on Saturday October 19.
Conceived in 2005 by two friends, Trevelyan Bale and Gary Richardson, “1200km for kids” has to date generously raised $675,000 for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. A group of six volunteers including a mechanic, several drivers and a paramedic will support the riders on their 1200km bike ride.
“The money we raise each year goes to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to buy life-saving children’s medical equipment and to the Children’s Hospital Foundation to continue to invest in ground-breaking research. Every year we do the bike ride, it is a challenge but nothing compared to what many Australian families with sick children in hospitals face each day so it is the least we can do,” said Trevelyan Bale.
Staging Connections has long been involved with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation as a key supporter for the annual Balmoral Burn and Balmoral Burn Gala Dinner. The Staging Connections team have also previously joined the annual Mount Kilimanjaro trek and just last year the 2012 Cradle Mountain Hike.
Tony Chamberlain personally participated in the Mount Kilimanjaro trek and explains his driving force behind the organisation’s support of the foundation, “The work that the Humpty Dumpty Foundation does right across Australia is nothing short of outstanding but often goes unnoticed. The Staging Connections’ team has been a dedicated supporter of the Foundation for a number of years and will continue to be, to help raise the profile of the tireless work they do,” Mr Chamberlain said.
“I feel honoured to be a part of the 1200km for kids initiative and look forward to travelling alongside my fellow riders on what will no doubt be a challenging but rewarding journey,” Mr Chamberlain said.
Support for the riders can be still be made online