On Monday the 7th of November we will be commencing a 6 day, 700km+ bike ride from Canberra to Melbourne as part of the Chamberlain Foundations RAZOR RIDE to raise money for those deeply affected by loss and grief.
Ray's personal commitment to this cause was born from his own experiences and exposure to Mental Illness and its various guises. Over the last four years in particular, too many people close to him have fallen foul of the effects of Mental Illness. Walking out the front door of a private mental health clinic leaving a close family member, who was visibly scared, to undertake their 'reset' was a moment that will never leave him.
Fielding a call from his brother crying uncontrollably trying to inform him that his best mate had taken his own life has left an indelible mark. Hearing the challenges that his best man faces every day and how his battle takes its toll is galling.
However, witnessing the collective bravery of people close to him struggling with the effects of mental illness on their lives, Ray has been exposed to their honesty and educated by their experiences and this has been as equally enriching and uplifting.
They have provided Ray with an authentic perspective. They have shown him that there is great hope. That there is light and laughter and that every day is a fabulous opportunity.
All of the RAZOR RIDES fundraising will go directly to the events charity partner, GriefLine who manage Australia's only dedicated loss and grief national telephone counselling service.
Their volunteer counsellors undergo intensive training and are professionally supported,providing anonymous support and specialist counselling to both individuals and families.
We sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to updating you on our journey.