TRAVELLING four thousand kilometres on your own steam would be daunting in any manner, and local Stef Haussler, 28, is taking on the challenge for charity next month.
Stef is joining the inaugural 2014 Variety Cycle. The ride has been organised by Variety Children’s Charity.
The organisation provides more than $1.2 million each month in assistance for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
Starting in Sydney, the long route takes riders through Canberra to Lakes Entrance, VIC, on to Melbourne, Warrnambool and Adelaide before the final leg to Uluru.
The ride is scheduled to take 26 days and covers 3716 kilometres.
Each rider for the entire trip is required to raise a minimum of $9000. Every dollar raised goes to the children.
Though there are currently 139 riders participating in legs of the journey, Stef is one of eight male and two female cyclists who will complete the entire route.
The other woman to join Stef is ultra-marathon runner Turia Pitt who was badly burned in bushfires during the 2011 RacingThePlanet event.
Making this trip is a dream realised for Stef.
“From the beginning, all through my last years of high school, I always used to see these things on TV where these people were doing all these amazing things, and when I finished school, all I wanted to do was go overseas and volunteer.
She said life intervened, and it wasn’t until the Pedal the Peel charity ride in Tamworth last year that the inspiration to help was reignited. She wanted to try another ride.
She found the Variety Cycle and it held appeal because of its accessibility and support extended to her by the event organisers.
Stef said something she knows will keep her pedalling are the pit stops in towns along the way where the cyclists will meet children who have benefitted from Variety’s intervention.
“We get to meet some of these kids; go into the schools, go into the hospitals, and see first hand where this money is being spent, and that really appealed to me.”
The ride is also a link in a recovery effort for Stef herself, who has battled a personal demon for many years.
“I had an eating disorder since I was in about year 8, and it went right through high school,” she shared.
“When I was 22 my parents found out about it because I was living in Brisbane, and (the hospital rang them) ‘cause I was in the heart unit and I nearly had a heart attack.”
Afterwards, she began riding again in an effort toward healing as she worked toward her degree in education.
“I bought this race bike. I started thinking I want to look after my body, and eat and be healthy because if I don’t can’t get on my bike every day.”
Her bicycle transformed her life.
“I was stuck at home or in a hospital bed for nearly two years; not living. And then all of a sudden I was able to go out and have these adventures every day. I was just happy.”
“Cycling to me is like a saviour.”
“If I can achieve this, I don’t think there’ll be many obstacles I won’t be able to overcome.
More information on Stef and the Variety Cycle ride can be found on http://26dayride.gofundraise南京夜网.au/page/stefsrideforchange or phone Stef on 0407 270 510.
Locally, donations can be made to Stef or at Laser Electrical Inverell, formerly Wilks Inverell at 3C Swanbrook Road, Inverell.
CHARITY: Stef Hausler will ride 4000km for kids.
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