Mick, Lee, Graeme, and Rob took on and completed the challenge of a lifetime – to raise money that will transform thousands of children’s lives. Team Abana cycled in a race across the USA to give back childhoods to thousands of street children. All costs of the event were covered by the riders themselves so all donations have gone directly to support improved services for street and other vulnerable children.
After I declined the suggestion that I join the cycling team, the only route open to me was to be Crew Chief. Little did I know what I was letting myself in for! This is a serious challenge and we have 4 really committed riders who only want two things, one to complete the 3,000 mile ride in 7 days and the other to raise as much as they can for Chance for Childhood (C4C). I have worked with 3 of the riders and through my work with an NGO, I know how important the work that C4C does is. Orphaned children in 8 African countries; how can one not be drawn to supporting the cause.
As Crew Chief the role is about logistics, getting our 4 riders across 3000 miles safely and in 7 days; about bringing a 12 person support team together with the required skills – fundraising, physio, medical, nutrition, driving, navigation, sleep and laundry, social media and safety – and helping all involved enjoy the task.
We have a great cycling team and crew. We have bonded and understand each other; so far! I now need to ensure we deliver for our charity C4C and that we do our donors and sponsors proud.
I am a father, a husband, a cyclist, an accountant, a portfolio independent director, and a trustee of an NGO. Team Abana lets me bring all these involvements, interest and skills together to ensure we can support some of those who are much less fortunate than you or me.