Gold Coast local rides 950km to raise money for Charity
Gold Coast local, Peter Brookes, has volunteered to bike ride 950km in 10 days to raise money for charity. Starting on September 28th, Peter will ride from Sydney’s Opera House to A.B. Paterson College on the Gold Coast to raise $7,000 for Harri’s Hope Inc.
Peter Brookes is the Assistance Head of Faculty and Health and Physical Education at A.B. Paterson College on the Gold Coast.
“It all started last year when I decided that as part of my long service leave I wanted to ride from Sydney to the Gold Coast. At first it was simply a personal challenge as I had just turned 40. However then my wife told me about Harri. When I read about what happened to Harri, simply as a result of a mosquito bite when he was the same age as my daughter, it broke my heart. I just had to do something to help”, says Mr Brooks.
When Harrison (Harri) Creavey was a healthy 3 year old boy, he was bitten by a mosquito that carried the Murray Valley Encephalitis virus. The virus caused swelling of the brain and left Harri a complete quadriplegic and unable to speak. From this devastating experience, Harri’s Hope Inc. was set up by Harrison’s parents. The charity raises funds for families and children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Mr Brookes says, “The aim is to raise at least $7,000 to pay for one year’s wheelchair therapy for Harri or another child with acquired brain injury. I also need to raise $1,000 in sponsorship to cover the costs of the ride, including travel/accommodation etc.”
Artius Executive Director, Libby Stokes has generously donated $500 towards making this ride possible.
“I had no idea there where so many children suffering from ABI. Mr Brookes is taking part in a fantastic cause and I am happy that I was able to contribute towards this fundraiser”, says Libby.
Mr Brookes says, “To be honest I’m no more than a weekend warrior, so fitness will certainly be the big challenge in doing back to back days of 100km+. Doing it for such a good cause and knowing any discomfort will be nothing compared to what Harri and his family have been through will keep things in perspective though”.
If people want to donate they can go to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/ride4Harri or if a business would like to sponsor the ride they can make contact with Peter Brookes through the college.