Since our last newsletter we have been busy spreading the ROLL101 message and raising funds to enable us to assist the young people that need our help.
We have had quite a bit of media coverage with Chad appearing on Channel 10 and Channel 7 and as a result, we’ve had an increase in financial donations, and we are generating more and more support for the ROLL101 cause!
Chad was nominated by Parramatta Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh for the Pride Of Australia Awards, and he made the top three in the Courage category. He and his parents were honored and humbled to be included in such a prestigious event, and the ROLL101 team can’t thank Nathan enough, for the nomination, and also Clubs NSW for recognizing the people out there who are making a difference.
Chad and the support team also successfully completed Chads Challenge road (off road) trip from Kalgoorlie WA, to Cobar NSW! We all had such an amazing time seeing all the different outback landscapes.
Over the last couple of weeks Chad has completed a public speaking course to fine tune his skills, and he’s looking forward to doing some motivational talks to tell people of his adventures and to teach young people that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!
The ROLL101 team was also invited to the Go Electrical race day at Wyong. We took the buggy there to show it off to some of the locals, and we met some really great people!
A big thank you to the team at GO for putting on a great day and to everyone who came along to help raise $7000 for ROLL101. That money will go towards proving specialised equipment to children who need it, and we can’t thank you enough.
One of those people who has benefited from your donations is Chloe Saxby. She is a 6 year old girl from Wollongong who has been diagnosed with Vanishing White Matter Disease. This is a rare genetic, degenerative disease.
Chloe and her family live near the beach they love going out and riding their bikes together along the beach path, but as Chloe’s illness continues to worsen she is now confined to a wheelchair, which means they haven’t been able to go out on their family rides.
The family decided to do some research to see if they could find a bike that could work with a wheelchair. They found one where the wheelchair sits on a flat area at the front of the bike with wheels either side to steer.
Due to the excessive cost of purchasing such a bike from overseas, the ROLL101 team decided to step in, and visiting remote towns and its given us some incredible memories that we will cherish forever. It was such a rewarding experience, despite being one of the most challenging- mentally and physically - and I know every single one of us would do it again in a heartbeat We met some really amazing people along the way whether it was the local indigenous communities, the grey nomads or the locals at some very remote roadhouses, they were all such kind and generous people!
As part of the trip we assisted with a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the Birdsville Races. This is such a vital service for many of the people we met on our outback adventure and we were so honoured to be able to raise funds and awareness for their cause. A special thanks to Prue Fargher for all of the assistance she provided while we were in town!
A huge thanks must go to:
- Vehicle Components - for supplying the suspension for the trailer that worked flawlessly over the roughest terrain in Australia
- Redarc - for providing all the electronics for the car and trailer
- Highlands Tyremasters, Mittagong and Khumo tyres - for supplying the support car and trailer
- Novak Signs – for the wrap on trailer and car
- Killer Image – for the wrap on the buggy
- Colour Coatings - for the powder coating on the buggy
- Shark Helmets, Uni Filter, IPONE oils
- The Work Warehouse and Bisley - for supplying all of our uniforms
- Geoff and Diane Somerville - for transporting the vehicles to Kalgoorlie and supplying $1000 for fuel
- Steve Roddick of Smartline Mortgage Brokers - for supplying $2000 for fuel for the buggy and all of their assistance fundraising and donating to ROLL101
- … and to everyone else who contributed towards the trip!
On Sunday 20/12/15, Chad, Pete and a few ROLL101 members presented the bike to Chloe and her family as an early Christmas present, and it’s safe to say – they were blown away! The smile on Chloe’s face was amazing and all she wanted to do was keep riding!
It was a very proud moment for Chad, the ROLL101 volunteers, and everyone that has donated to ROLL101 and Chads Challenge along the way. You have just made a huge difference in a little girl’s life!
For progress pics throughout the bike-building process, check out the ROLL101 Facebook page.
On behalf of the ROLL101 committee - thank you for your ongoing support in 2015. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.