Pedal power raises $125k for charity

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Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Sixty-six cyclists have completed a three-day charity ride along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

25000spins holds four different charity rides each year: the Great Ocean Road, London to Paris, North Queensland Adventure and a Swiss adventure through the Alps.

The event, held last month, has so far raised more than $A125,000 for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Compassion and the Botswana Orphan Project. The route took in 300km of stunning coastline.

Ride organiser Craig Shipton and his Brisbane-based not-for-profit 25000spins is dedicated to raising funds for people in poverty. 

“25000spins has made a big difference to kids in need as well as for the people involved in the charity challenges,” Mr Shipton said. 

“With over $1 million raised to date and eight very successful trips already run, I’m pleased with the contribution that 25000spins has made, and the blessing it has been to so many people.”
 

Braden Blyde of ADRA Australia took part in the ride.

25000spins holds four different charity rides each year: the Great Ocean Road, London to Paris, North Queensland Adventure and a Swiss adventure through the Alps.

“25000spins’ commitment to alleviating poverty and bringing lasting change to communities in need is extraordinary,” said Braden Blyde, an ADRA employee who took part in the Great Ocean Road ride.

“For many the 14km climb up Lavers Hill represents the biggest personal achievement of the ride. But the real cause for celebration is the impact $125,000 will have in the lives of those who need it most.”

For those keen on an adventure and with a commitment to making a difference for those in need, there are still places available for the upcoming ride from London to Paris, which coincides with the arrival into Paris of the Tour de France; the Swiss trip in July; and the North Qld trip in September. Registrations for the 2014 Great Ocean Road ride open in June.

This year the London to Paris ride is dedicated exclusively to raising funds for ADRA.

To find out more about 25000spins go to <www.25000spins.com>.