Marking graduation with a 900km ride
RATHER than spending their last days before starting their medical careers the typical 20-something way, recently graduated medical students Felicity McIvor and Bryan McManus will ride their bikes from Brisbane to Sydney.
The ride from January 2-10 next year, covering more than 900km, is in aid of the Australian charity Youngcare, with the aim of raising $10,000.
For Miss McIvor, who spent all of last year and some months this year on work placement at the Warwick Hospital, the idea came to her about six months ago.
"It seemed like a good idea at the time," she said.
"Bryan and I are both about to start as doctors next year and so this is an adventure before we start."
Miss McIvor, whose parents were members of the Warwick Gliding Club while she was growing up, said Youngcare was chosen because "all young people deserve to live young lives".
"Part of being young is going on adventures like this, so we want to help others get that same sense of youth we're getting out of this ride," she said.
"Youngcare was founded to move young people with disabilities out of aged care and works to improve housing and care options for young people with high-care needs, as well as supporting young people and families who have high-care needs at home."
Youngcare helps young people avoid admission to aged care homes and develop viable and replicable models to solve the problem, giving young people with high-care needs choice in care and accommodation.
The Youngcare Apartments Sydney were launched in November 2012 as Youngcare's third housing initiative for young people with high-care needs.
Mr McManus was asked to join Miss McIvor because she said they both enjoyed a challenge.
"Bryan's done lots of endurance rides and competed in an ironman contest a few weeks ago. He was pretty keen to get on board right from the start," Miss McIvor said.
The pair started getting sponsorship organised in July, and have managed to raise $4153 so far - in between final exams, graduating and returning from study in Papua New Guinea.
"It's pretty exciting to be finished after studying for six years and this is a really fantastic way to end everything," Miss McIvor said.
"I'm a little nervous but more worried I won't keep up with Bryan."
For more information or to donate visit www. facebook.com/Cyclefor Youngcare or www. everydayhero.com.