Long Ride 4 Life
16 Jul 14 - 1 Nov 14, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach, Queensland to Ulverstone Show, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Long Ride 4 Life is a 3 month fundraising horse ride from Longreach, Queensland to Ulverstone, Tasmania, following stock routes as much as possible the journey will be roughly 3,000 kilometers!
The intrepid trekkers setting off on the ride will be Andrew Gibson, his wife Terrill Riley-Gibson and her father, Harold Riley, and friend Anna Hoogeboom, an experienced horsewomen from France.
The riders will start at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame on the 16th of July, travelling approximately 30 kilometres each day and stopping overnight in bush camps or country towns before concluding at the Ulverstone Show on the 1st of November.
Long Ride 4 Life will be looking for the support of local service clubs along the route, with sponsorships and donations also being collected before and during the ride.
The horseback ride will be a joint community fundraiser supporting both the Leukaemia Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
Andrew’s father-in-law Harold is a “frequent flyer” of the RFDS, having twice been airlifted from outback Queensland after cattle-mustering accidents. While Andrew in 2008 was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia (T-cell pro-lymphocytic leukaemia, or T-PLL). He had a “relatively complication-free passage” through monthly doses of chemotherapy, before later receiving a stem cell transplant from his donor and brother, Peter, in 2010.
For more information about Long Ride 4 Life visit www.longride4life.com To donate to the ride click here Please be reassured your donation will be equally split between the two charities. A Memorandum of Understanding has been drafted to ensure this is legally binding