TWO keen cyclists who are committed to public school education will combine these passions for a cause in The Sydney to Gong Ride.
Trevor Mulligan and Ian Becker are principal and assistant principal respectively at Urunga Public School, and are taking up the 90km challenge from Sydney to Wollongong in November to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS).
The duo will represent Coffs Coast schools in a team called The Public Education Peloton.
Mr Mulligan is known to get up early to squeeze a ride in before school.
Mr Becker makes the journey from Coffs Harbour to Urunga Public School on his bike two days a week.
Both he and Mr Mulligan have relatives afflicted by MS and Mr Becker said that with 20,000 affected nationally, most would know someone with MS.
"The Gong Ride is not only an opportunity to boast about North Coast public schools but it's also about boasting that the North Coast community cares about MS," Mr Becker said.
"We want to raise thousands for this cause and when Ventoux Cycles came on board, donating $700 worth of products and service for our guessing competition, we realised that with community support this achievable."
Ventoux Cycles is in Coffs Harbour.
Tickets are $2 each or a book of 10 for $15 with all proceeds going to MS Australia.
You can buy tickets in one of two ways.
- Firstly, everyone who donates online will receive tickets to the value of their donation (if you are a winner then you will be contacted by email). Go to www.gongride.org.au, click 'donate now' and search for either Trevor Mulligan or Ian Becker.
- Secondly, you can buy tickets at Urunga Public School, Urunga Pharmacy, the Ocean View Hotel or at Ventoux Cycles on Park Beach Rd.