After raising more than $20,000 for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation during its inaugural Victorian 2015 ride, The King’s Men cycling group will head over the ditch, riding across the Apple Isle between November 11 and 13.
The group, which formed 10 years ago, has become well known within the cycling community for its unique and somewhat unusual social structure, which is based on a hierarchy of cleverly crafted levels and pseudonyms, including The Hairy Eagle, The Padawan, The Snapping Turtle and The Submarine.
Founder Stuart Verrier, known as The King, said the 32-plus contingent headed for Tasmania would ride more than 350km during the two-day jaunt, entitled Ride Different, spending the Saturday night at the Port Arthur Historic Site where the Foundation was tragically born.
In April 1997, Walter Mikac launched the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, 12 months after 35 people – including his daughters Alannah and Madeline and wife Nanette – were killed by a man carrying semi-automatic weapons at Port Arthur.
The Foundation has since helped protect almost 1.6 million children from violence and bullying through its care, prevention and advocacy programs.
Mr Verrier said it was obviously poignant for riders to join the ride to get a better understanding of the Foundation they have already raised so much money for. He said there were still a few more spots open for the fully supported trip, which costs $475 and includes two night’s accommodation and all meals on the Saturday and Sunday.
“It only made sense for us to go to Tasmania,” Mr Verrier said. “We are all really looking forward to the trip, which will of course include time for reflection during the night we spend at Port Arthur.
“It really is a great group and we encourage as many people as possible to register before October 19.”
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said community groups like The King’s Men were the lifeblood of any charity as they raised both much-needed funds as well as awareness about its mission and programs.
Ms Podesta congratulated the riders for their efforts and their dedication to the Foundation after what they achieved during their successful ride last year.
“Seeing groups this dedicated to the Foundation really highlights how important and impactful the work we do is,” Ms Podesta said. “We hope the relationship between The King’s Men and the Foundation can continue to grow in the years to come.”
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