Rose & Steve's Story:
Paul Williamson, our good friend and father of Emily Williamson, FDC co-ordinator had coerced yet another mate, or should I say VICTIM, into the FDC Bike ride for 2019. Name Steve Peirce, aged 55, bike ride experience Nil, Fund-raising ability-never.
Totally unfamiliar to the world of fundraising this bloke has never even sold a raffle ticket, let alone raise $6500 and ride 650 kms through a foreign land. So I was gobsmacked he actually put his hand up, no matter how much Paul sugar coated the experience .
Spontaneous he is not, and thought perhaps a lapse in judgement, as he was caught up in the adventures of never never land, as Paul told the experience of last years ride with such animated enthusiasm. Riding through remote villages, untouched by tourism on a very FLAT and easy road, soaking in the scenery and more importantly the warm fuzzy feeling one gets when your swarmed by the children at the end of the ride.
Steve had donated to FDC previously, but to actually participate in the ride was almost laughable, Bike riders we were not, and we are lucky to ride a few k’s down the road to the local pub to pick up our car.
I knew for a fact I would be the driving force behind his fundraising, as I have been involved in many charities within Asia and Australia, so while I contemplated the logistics of this task, as they were slapping each other on the back, I had a fleeting vision of us riding through the villages together, experiencing first-hand the personal joy of being part of this worthy cause as a team. Before sense was restored, I found myself caught up in Paul’s enthusiasm and I to spasmodically threw my hand up blurting ‘I’m In’.
As Paul reiterated many times (he should of been a real estate agent this bloke) The Ride is easy, the fundraising will be harder, We reckon it’s the other way around as 650k in 8 days for novice bike riders is quite frankly frightening.
Steve and I have started training, and here in the high country of Trentham there is no flat parts, a benefit for training i guess, but those hills are like riding up Mt Everest. Weather is not on our side either as the winds howl and the frosty morning coverage crunches under your wheels. Though we rug up and ride, rain hail or shine.
|Ian & Denise Connors||30/08/18||$100.00||Best of luck Rose & Steve!||Anonymous||01/09/18||$100.00|
|Julie Suter||02/09/18||$50.00||Happy Riding Steve Pierce and Rose Wilson! .|
|From Robbie Melville & Julie Suter.|
|Ruby Wilson-Peirce||03/09/18||$50.00||Your Champions, I will join you the year they get electric bikes. x|
|Greg Buchanan||$70.00||Rose with lots of luck and grit and determination|
|- she can definitely do this!|
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