Ever wanted to do something to help charity or support a worthy cause? Are you a bike enthusiast or able to ride a minimum 10 kilometres? Then maybe this is your chance to shine and feel a great sense of achievement in more than one way.
The Santos Great Bike Ride for Charity is being held on Sunday, 25th November, 2012 at the Swan River course. Open to all entrants, it is said to cater for all ages and abilities; although I'm betting (or rather donating) that mental stamina and reasonable physical fitness would be practical for this type of race.
There are 3 types of events to choose from when applying to ride. These are:
10 kilometre (Family Ride); 53 kilometre and 106 kilometre.
Individuals, families, teams and corporations are all eligible to join in the ride. To register yourself or a team, in any of the 3 events above, just complete an Online Registration Form.
When registering online, logout at the payment screen, if you wish to pay for your entry by fundraising instead of the registration fee.
It is mentioned the registration fee to be paid by all participants simply pays for running the event. The fee is otherwise waived if you choose to attain the fundraising goal. This fundraising is therefore essential to financially aid the charities raised for and will do more than just 'cover costs.'
Bear this in mind when joining in for either fun or competition. Other than for everyone's enjoyment, health, sportsmanship, community spirit and so on, the event was deliberately created to raise money for the charities involved.
If you choose to gain free entry, it is given to participants who reach their required minimum fundraising target of $250 per person. Anything more is a bonus. Find details here.
Want to make the job of raising the mandatory amount easier?
Setup an online "Everyday Hero Fundraising Page." This will help people to easily donate to your cause of riding for charity, whether it's family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours or local community getting behind you or your team.
Your money goes to designated Western Australian charities.
The Santos Great Bike Ride event, held by the Rotary Club of Perth, has run for 8 years in a row. Hailed by the website as instantly becoming, "… one of Perth's most popular community participation cycling events," since its inception in 2004.
You would be helping the following 3 charities support other people in need:
Prizes & Entertainment will be another reward on offer for the day. A road bike worth $2,000, plus other prizes can be won. When you have completed your ride, entertainment awaits to help you relax while you sip on a cold drink. Face painting can be done for the kids too.
View some of the footage from last year's event:
You can also view times from last year's event if you participated and wish to better this record.
Download the course map to familiarise yourself. Each event starts and ends in the City of Perth.
On the lighter side, the scenery around Swan River will be spectacular, the atmosphere from a large group of cyclists energising and the fresh air and open space therapeutic.