Family gets wheels in motion for charity bike ride
TOOWOOMBA residents can get a fundraising bike tour covering 300km ready-to-roll with a concert held this weekend.
Organiser Ben Beaden has enlisted his sister Anna, a singer songwriter, to perform at the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Music event.
This will be her first foray into singing publicly in Toowoomba, after moving from Newcastle at the beginning of the year to teach at Darling Downs Christian College.
She said this was her way of supporting her family's pedal-powered endeavour.
"It's going to be a splendid evening of singing about beautiful and uplifting things and helping those less fortunate in the world around us," she said.
The ride is run through 25,000 Spins, an organisation that hosts charity rides including the Queenstown Classic. The Beadens will journey on with the motto Adventure with Heart.
Ms Beaden has completed a cycle tour of the Great Ocean Road with 25,000 Spins. Her teaching role makes her unable to join the New Zealand tour.
Ben Beaden said he was looking forward to the music event as one of the main fundraisers for their journey.
He and his father David have been training hard before they embark on the bike ride, raising money for charity Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia.
Watoto Child Care Ministries will also receive funds from the journey.
The pair will join about 45 other riders on the three-day journey that has the help of a support vehicle.
Ben said they were undergoing intensive training in the lead up to the ride.
"I love cycling socially and I'm pretty excited really," he said.
He said his dad was also a skilled rider and kept good pace against him.
"We've been doing a lot of training, with hill climbs up to Montville and back to the Sunshine Coast to get some hills under out belt," he said.
With a number of charities able to be supported, the family chose ADRA Australia.
"My brother used to work for ADRA and he was impressed with how things were run and how the funds were used."
The cycle is held from March 6-8, covering about 100km a day.
For more information visit teamb.org.
- The music event raising money for two charities will be held this Saturday from 7pm at the Adventist Community Centre, 669 Greenwattle St.
- Performing artists are Anna Beaden and Not By Sight.
- The event is free to all ages.