Cyclists chase cash for the blind
BLIND Courage Ride spokeswoman Anna Rose wants corporate Australia to stand up and be counted in the final week of the Perth to Sydney ride.
The Nicholson brothers, Lorin and Dean, are set to become the first blind brothers to ride across Australia when they pedal to the Sydney Opera House on Monday but their 4100-kilometre trek would not have been possible without the support of pilot riders John Eder, of Warwick, and Grant Williams, of Brisbane.
While the aim of the ride was to raise $300,000; $1 for every blind person in Australia to support the work of Vision Australia, the amount raised so far is less than $10,000.
Donations in the past week include $1000 from the Murray Farm Public School, $500 from a Wollongong cyclist, $500 from an unnamed doctor and $500 from Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne.
Ms Rose said $1000 was the largest donation received, so to go close to the original target Corporate Australia had to stand up and be counted.
Late yesterday, the riders were guests at a barbecue hosted by the Lions Club of Narrandera in southern New South Wales.
Lorin said he and Dean considered themselves lucky.
“We may not be able to see but it doesn’t stop us achieving what we set out to do,” Lorin said.
Both have successful careers; Lorin is a professional musician and sought-after motivational speaker with his own business, See Sharp, and Dean an environmental scientist with the Bowdens Group.
Donations to www:blindcourage.com