Cycling Across The Divide
The Greenham family have been ‘Cycling Across Borders’, fundraising for Médecins Sans Frontières [Doctors Without Borders] for ten years; their next effort this November, endorsed by MSF Australia, will be across the Divide from Bairnsdale to Beechworth.
“We began with a Mount Gambier to Melbourne ride over the March longweekend in 2007, and have continued that effort with several friends since, but we’ve done some great family cycle touring trips in between: Rotterdam to Rome, Ankara to Athens, Devonport to Dover in Tassie, and Lisbon to Lyon last year. In that time we’ve raised about $10,000 for the worldwide emergency- medical, humanitarian work of MSF which I really admire. MSF Australia currently has medical and logistics volunteers working across the world in places like Syria, Nigeria and Haiti. We are not medical people at all, and I have huge respect for those Australians with the skills who volunteer for these tasks…living the motto of the organisation…’Aid without Agenda, Compassion without Prejudice, Action without Silence’, stated Michael Greenham.
Michael added, “our international awareness-raising rides have been done with our three kids in their respective gap years – my partner Elly and I thought it would be a good independence builder for them, a window into some other cultures, help them recognise their good fortune, and work to assist those who have very little luck in life.
Michael and oldest son Billy Greenham commence their ‘Across the Divide’ ride on 21 November and will complete the 300km over the Great Dividing Range via Omeo and Mount Hotham within 5 days. Billy has investigated the ride profile which involves 3 days of steady climbing then a steep drop from Hotham to Harrietville. “It should be ok – in Switzerland we cycled three mountain passes that were over 2000m at inclines up to 15%. But that was a few years ago now, we were a lot fitter and carried less gear!”
Details of the Greenham family rides and fundraising are at www.cyclingacrossborders.wordpress.com. To donate to MSF and assist their fundraising target of $1000, people can go to their ‘Cycling Across Borders’ donation page at www.everydayhero.com.au, or MSF Australia at www.msf.org.au quoting fundraising event #189.
2015 was our most successful Mt Gambier to Melbourne ride yet. At times over a dozen riders were sharing the journey- we hope to see even more participants this year around!
Thank you for all the support on our rides and for donations to Médecins Sans Frontières, in 2011 we have passed AUD$10,000 raised! To keep the total rising, please donate in Australia via the Everyday Hero website (renewed prior to each event) or the Australian Médecins Sans Frontières office.
For information about our rides for MSF head to https://cyclingacrossborders.wordpress.com