On the 27th September, our MD Adam Degnan embarked on a 4 day - 622 km ride from Caringbah to Wagga Wagga to raise some much needed funds for a local shire boy, and his mum.
Josh Rees (Rocket) was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He has also recently undergone treatment for cancer. Josh strongly believes his disability shouldn't prevent him from doing things, but he relies on his wheelchair to get around. The goal of this ride is to raise enough money to get Josh’s mums car converted to allow his wheelchair to go in, or ideally a specialised vehicle. Josh's mum is his primary and only carer, Josh's dad David tragically died of cancer in 2014.
32 years old. Cerebral palsy since birth. Lives at home with mum who is his sole carer.
He spends a lot of time by himself because social networking is very limited when you rely on someone else for transport. Using social media to keep contact with school friends and acquaintances.
His interests include sport (ONE-EYED SHARKS SUPPORTER!), Olympic Games - fancies himself as an expert, and movies.
He is a family man, enjoys spending time with his sister & nephew and really looks forward to birthdays and celebrations that draw aunties, uncles & cousins together.
In 2016 he attended the Australian Film Television & Radio School where he finished a Diploma in Editing. This year he commenced an Advanced Diploma in Visual Effects but had to withdraw due to health issues.
David, Josh’s dad, lived for almost 20 years with cancer. Sadly, in 2014, David died. Joshua misses his dad terribly. He no longer has his support physically or emotionally. In February this year Joshua was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Because he had seen his dad’s battle with cancer, his anxiety levels went through the roof. He thought he was going to die. Joshua had months of chemotherapy. He came through with flying colours, very brave, very accepting, determined to beat it. Which he did.
Now he wants to go out into the world and do stuff. Unfortunately he can only go on public transport or via taxi. Josh's mum would like to buy a vehicle that can be converted to carry his power chair so they can go together, perhaps he will be able to go places and do things that other people are doing.
About the ride | 622km
Wed 27 Sept | Day 1 - Caringbah to Huskisson - 167km
Thu 28 Sept | Day 2 - Huskisson to Murrumbateman - 209km
Fri 29 Sept | Day 3 - Murrumbateman to South Gundagai - 166km
Sat 30 Sept | Day 4 - South Gundagai to Wagga Wagga - 80km
Sun 1 Oct | Rapha Dirty 130 Gears + Beers Festival
The ride will finish in Wagga on Saturday then we will complete the Dirty 130 on Sunday.
For more information on the cause and how you can help, please visit the following GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/ride-4-rocket
This morning at 7am Adam and four of his lycra loving mates headed off on their Ride 4 Rocket.
They left Enware HQ at 7am took a left turn, had a quick stop off for some moral support from Josh himself then headed for Huskisson.
4hrs 56 minutes riding they arrived (a few nice stops along the way at Thirroul, Gerringong and then on to Huskisson) with 169km knocked over.
Adz said “The sun was out and the wind was at our back pushing us along at a tick over 33km/hour. We are now into recovery in a nice cold pool at the hotel and plenty of water”
Recovery better work as they’re off again tomorrow for a massive 210km with a head wind predicted!
Their planned route will take them on a climb over the great dividing range from Huskisson to Murrumbateman.
The team left Huskisson at 7am the same
Time as the rain and wind arrived! Fortunately the rain didn't stay long, but the wind picked up its pace and peaked at around 40km/hr straight in the boys faces!
Nerriga 80km in was their first stop first off -Adam said "we were already feeling the pinch" no giving in! helmets and shoes back on off they headed to Tarago just a mere 60km away for a pub lunch ... apparently the chicken burgers are brilliant & almost worth the ride there to get one.
After lunch and some the last leg for the day just 80 odd kilometers to this final destination form Day 2 Murrumbateman.
The team went hard today.
Adz says " I sit here now completely spent, but the pub is heaving and the food looks good. Reckon I’ll sleep pretty well tonight"
Tomorrow it’s an easy 125ish kilometers to Gundagai.
Hope there's a tailwind!
From Adz … Awesome day today. Beautiful roads, 25km of dirt road, 5 punctures and not one shop open along the way for lunch. 8hrs in the saddle for rocket today. One day to go tomorrow and an easy 80km stroll into Wagga
Saturday saw the last day of the Ride4Rocket ... 80km from Gundagai to Wagga dealt with another head wind and legs that were shot it was gruelling by all accounts.
The good news is today the boys finished at a coffee shop serving the best coffee They've tasted in a long time.
Brekkie was then hosted by Trent Elkins In laws Colleen and John Mav Adam said "It was cracking" so good they're back there for dinner with Josh and his Mum and have managed to smash through an esky full of yabbies, chicken, steak, lamb cutlets and more.... nearly refuelled for complete tomorrow’s dirty 130! (130km road and dirt road fun Race).
Thanks to everyone who has help get the boys this far - to date funds raised so far over $13,000