11th November 2014

On Sunday November 23 over 100 staff from St John of God Health Care will trade their uniforms for a cycling jersey to raise funds for St John of God Horizon House in the Santos Great Bike Ride for Charity.

The bike ride, which starts in the Perth CBD and finishes at Langley Park, is set to attract over 3,500 participants and aims to raise over $200,000 for the two event charities – St John of God Horizon House and Hope for Children. St John of God Horizon House plays a pivotal role in helping homeless youth aged 16 to 22 by providing long-term housing.

Marie Lynch, a clinical nurse at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, will be riding in the event for the second time. The 48-year-old Mount Claremont resident is a keen cyclist and enjoys combining her passion for cycling with the opportunity to give something back to the community.

“This year I’m riding the 98km in a ‘Leaders of the Pack Team’ for St John of God Subiaco Hospital. The sense of satisfaction at completing the ride whilst raising money at the same time is great, and I also love that it gives me the opportunity to network with other SJOG colleagues that I wouldn’t ordinarily spend time with.”

“I would encourage others to get involved either to ride or volunteer, be part of something bigger than yourself. Getting out of your comfort zone could change your life, and will impact others in a positive way!” said Marie.

49-year-old St John of God Health Care Catering Manager, Marcel Willimann, is also taking part in the ride in the Leaders of the Pack Challenge. The challenge rewards the top three fundraising teams by allowing them to start ahead of the main pack in recognition of their efforts. Marcel, a Kingsley local, cycles 40km to and from work every day, and is excited to be participating in the event for the fourth time.

I’m looking forward to a lot of people riding, seeing the volunteers who help and the spectators who enjoy our commitment. No rain, no accidents or punctures, pure enjoyment, the opportunity to chat to other riders, and a yummy breakfast at the end.”

“I think it’s important to show your appreciation to life that you are healthy, have a roof over the head and can afford to give something back to people who aren’t able to do, or enjoy, the things that you can,” said Marcel.

The ride, which has been running for over 10 years, is WA’s longest established community cycling event and features three distances; the 98km Ultimate Challenge, the 53km Challenge and the 10km Family Ride. The event has built a strong following from corporate and social groups with a large percentage of the entries coming from teams.

Event Director Dave Budge said “We’re very proud that the event has been running for over 10 years while supporting such fantastic charities. It’s a great way to get off the couch on a Sunday morning and do something worthwhile at the same time.

“The staff at St John of God often work long hours and night shifts and are usually among the highest fundraisers. They find time to fit in a leisurely Sunday ride and raise a few dollars and I hope that those efforts inspire others to give it a go too,” said Dave.

Team entries close on Friday 14th November, and online entries close Friday 21st November. The ride concludes at Langley Park with an event village including a band, food stalls and kids’ activities. For event information, and online entry go to www.greatbikeride.com.au

Volunteers are required for the event, for those interested in volunteering please contact St John of God Foundation – Clare Levett 9382 4292 during office hours.

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