On Saturday morning some 160 plus cyclists gathered together at Hornsby for the start of the 16th annual Youth off the Streets Sydney to Surfers charity ride. And after glorious weather all week, I have to say the first 2 days of our Youth off the Streets ride to Surfers have been wet, windy and cold.
To remind us why we are doing this ride Father Chris Riley met us for breakfast on the first day at the top of Mount White. This is a man who has dedicated his life to helping others, in particular to helping kids get ‘off the streets’ helping them build a better, safer life. To say we were humbled would be an understatement. Equally as moving is seeing the kids from YOTS riding along in those conditions, it truly is inspiring.
As always, the first couple of days weren’t without some action, T-Bird blew a tyre on the motorway and Badgers “slip slop slap” went a little far leaving the pack thinking Casper the friendly ghost had joined our team!
Everyone’s made it in safely so far so we don’t have much to complain about. Until next time, I’m signing off.
Wakeling Automotives Director of Finance Paul is no meek and mild Accountant. In February whilst on a trip to America he decided he would head across to the Island of Maui, rent a bike (push bike, not MotorBike) and climb to the summit of Haleakala.
After 58 KM's and rising more than 2900 mtr in elevation he conquered this great climb in just under 5 hours.
He is starting to make a name for himself around the Dealership for always finding a bigger mountain to climb and succeeding every time.
Just one more ride to add to his training calendar!!!
Paul Wakeling Holden’s Assistant Sales Manager, Jason Voncina, is heading to England to represent Australia in the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup. The team at Wakelings are so happy that all his hard work and training has paid off and he now has this awesome opportunity! We’re looking forward to following his and the team’s progress throughout the games. See Jason’s interview as featured on Channel 10’s The Game Plan as he and fellow team mates talk about their journey and their upcoming world cup challenge.
Team Wakeling accepted the challenge to ride from Sydney to Surfers Paradise in a bid to raise much needed funds for Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets charity. This year Paul Burgess, Nathan Hayes and Tracey Horey will be joining Scott Wakeling in this epic 7 day event
“The Sydney to Surfers Cycle Tour raises much needed funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets charity. Youth Off The Streets supports chronically homeless and drug addicted young Australians as they work to turn their lives around. It is their goal that these young people will leave their care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand. Based on the philosophy that every young person has greatness within, these programs are non-denominational and non-discriminatory.” Team Wakeling rasied over $15,000 for this charity in 2013.
In its second year, the Paul Wakeling Motor Group 24 Hour Challenge fundraising event was, in Scott Wakeling's words, "a hit"! Organised by Macarthur local businessman Steve Wisbey, the event was initially a 24 hour indoor cycle where teams would ride continuously for 24 hours to raise funds for Ikhaya Le Themba, an AIDS affected orphanage in South Africa.
This year Steve's vision was to make it bigger and better, and thanks to the support of local businesses Hillbrick's Club Cycle, Connections Health Club and Maximum Skating, it certainly was!
This year teams could ride, skate, run or play squash and many businesses across the Macarthur took part to raise funds for Ikhaya Le Themba, The Kokoda Track Foundation and Macarthur District Temporary Family Care (MDTFC).
Team Wakeling included Scott, Tracey, Ken, George, Jason, Centaine, Greer, Harrison, Skando, Shane, Vince, Sue, Michael, Grace and her friends, with each allocated a time-slot to sit on the bike and spin over 24 hours. Scott Wakeling, cycling enthusiast and "pack leader" braved the tough 12am to 6am shift.