Well the ride is now over… the riders and support crew are all back with their families. The riders will be sore, but hopefully not too sorry and the drivers and Hamilton camp team will be tired too. For a group of strangers to come together for 3 days and then travel 520 hard yakka kilometers is truly awe-inspiring.
You all say that it is nothing to do what you have done. Please be rest assured, you have made a huge difference in a little girls life, and our family is forever indebted to you xxxx
Our humble thanks to the Ride 4 Georgia team:
Sandro Ammann – Rider
Anthony Arthur – Support Crew (Hamilton)
Cameron Brown – Rider
Andrew Buckley – Support Crew (Driver)
Renate Crow – Rider
Simon Diner – Rider
Adam Gatherum – Rider
Nick Guerrine – Rider
Marcus Kunath – Rider
James Mackie – Support Crew (Driver)
Anthony McCormack – Rider
Chris Thornton – Rider
Craig Robinson – Rider
Jason Simmons – Rider
Chris Waixel – Rider & Organiser
Karen Waixel – Support Crew (Hamilton)
Wayne Waixel – Support Crew (Hamilton)
Matt Young – Support Crew (Hamilton)
Our daughter Georgia was born in December 2004. She was born with part of her brain undeveloped, which resulted in severe sensory integration dysfunction and Cerebral Palsy. She is unable to walk or speak and has great difficulty with sensory feeling in her body. It means that any daily function or movement is compromised and extremely difficult. We, as parents can help her with specialised equipment and therapy to complete some day to day activities, but in reality, she will need full-time care for the rest of her life.
Some of the equipment and therapy that we require to help Georgia is extremely expensive, and the government assistance we currently receive is not nearly adequate to cover all of her needs. Specialised positioning equipment is needed to ensure that Georgia’s spine and hips grow correctly to avoid surgical intervention as she ages. This positioning and seating equipment also helps her to learn at school as she does not have to concentrate on controlling her body.
For the second year, we are, with the help of a family friend Chris Waixel entering a team of riders in the 2012 Murray-to-Moyne Cycle Relay. The team of riders will travel from Echuca to Port Fairy over two days in an attempt to raise money for Georgia’s therapy and equipment costs. Georgia currently is in Grade 1 in our local primary school and attends the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre’s extended care program for school aged children. With the ongoing assistance of the wonderful therapists and staff at CPEC, we can continue to give Georgia a better quality of life. But we need help.
We are looking for sponsorship of the Ride4Georgia team, and also individual donations. If you can help in any way, please click on the donate button. Please also pass this gofundraise site around to your friends and family – via Facebook, Twitter or email. For more insight into our world with Georgia, feel free to check out our blog at https://sgmackie2304.wordpress.com
Thank you so much!
Sue & Ken Mackie