CYCLISTS will embark on a ride across the Scenic Rim, covering an average of 150km a day next weekend to raise funds for Camp Courage.
Gerry Garard, founder of 4 Aussie Heroes, said last year the event raised substantial funds to help the organisation create the retreat for military and emergency services personnel suffering conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
“The inaugural Pedals ‘n Medals 2017 fundraising bike ride through the Scenic Rim was a fantastic success,” he said.
He said this year a similar number of riders would take part and he hoped the community would encourage them by donating, waving or simply saying hello at their stops along the way.
“They will be stopping at Bromelton on Friday about 10am for morning tea provided by SCT Logistics.
“On Saturday we will be at Rotary Park in McKee Street, Beaudesert about 12.45pm for lunch provided by Rotary.”
Mr Garard said it was amazing the amount of support they had received from local business and organisations like SCT, four Rotary Clubs including Beaudesert, Jimboomba, Fassifern and Boonah, AJ Bush, Hohl Plumbing and other businesses small and large.
“It’s like we are amassing heroes along the way,” he said.
“We have had so much support not just for the ride but also for Camp Courage, with many asking us what they can do to help get it set up.
“We even had an electrician who said he didn’t have much to give but he would wire up two of the cabins on his days off for free.
“That is a big deal because it will save us a heap of money, and every dollar that sparky saves us is just as good as writing a cheque.”
Mr Garard said 4 Aussie Heroes had now managed to secure a site for the retreat.
“The site was gifted to us – 32 acres of magnificent land outside Peak Crossing,” he said.
In another development for the group, 4 Aussie Heroes has also found a way to hold its first Triumph Over Tragedy program, which will be a big part of Camp Courage when it is up and running.
‘Triumph Over Tragedy is a 12 day live-in program so it was a big ask to get someone to do that for us,” Mr Garard said.
“Bob and Judi Minnikin from Cedar Creek Lodges have stepped up and will provide the facilities and services needed to run the first program in March next year at a highly subsidised rate.
“It’s quite exciting, we plan on holding 15 of these Triumph Over Tragedy programs every year and we will be adding other programs too, including some for partners and children.”