A FRIENDly Ride to Support Australian’s Living with Brain Injury
Former Outward Bound staff member and rugby coaching personality Andy Friend, along with his wife Kerri (also a former Outward Bound staff member), are embarking on a mountain bike challenge to raise awareness of acquired brain injury.
Andy will take on the Bicentennial National Trail in the 'FRIENDly Ride' challenge, with his wife supporting him as he attempts to ride his mountain bike from Cooktown, Queensland to their home town in Canberra.
In May 2010 Andy’s wife Kerri was involved in a mountain bike accident in which she suffered an acquired brain injury. Since the accident Andy, Kerri and their sons have been striving towards a full recovery together.
Andy says, The FRIENDly Ride will push his limits for three months, both physically and mentally, as he rides through 5,000km of Australia’s toughest bush terrain on one of the most difficult bike trails in the world.
"The Bicentennial National Trail is one of two trails in the world rated a 10/10 in difficulty. The challenge for us is to work hard on the ride and work hard away from the bike as well, raising awareness and much needed funds where possible. The beauty of this event is that I love the Australian bush and I love bike riding, so I’m determined to make this event a success,” he said.
Andy and Kerri will be raising money for Brain Injury Australia and the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund. Both organisations offer assistance and support to those that suffer with acquired brain injuries while supporting them during their rehabilitation process.
The FRIENDly Ride will run from the 1st of September until the 3rd of December this year. To show your support Click here to make a donation or simply follow the links to Brain Injury Australia and donate directly.