Community, Non-Profit

Australian Ultra Cycle Event supporting underprivileged Kenyan children

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Calling intrepid cyclists!

The Grand Tour of Hope 2013 charity cycling event leaves Brisbane’s Rocks River Park for Crow’s Nest on a challenging 600km route on May 24, 2013 with cyclists returning to Brisbane on May 27, 2013.

While the event attracts experienced cyclists, it’s not all about endurance. The aim is to raise much needed funds for orphaned or heavily disadvantaged children in Kenya.

In the past three years, a total of $180,000 has been raised from proceeds from the Grand Tour and its sister event, the family-friendly Tour of Hope held in September.

GTOH 2012 Windy RoadThe Grand Tour is limited to 30 entrants and the $500 entry fee includes a cycling jersey, accommodation, meals, transport and the support of a full crew during the four-day event.  While there is a basic entry fee, participants are also encouraged to attempt a fund raising target of $1,000.

Ten acres of prime land bordering Lake Victoria in Western Kenya has already been purchased with funds from both Tour of Hope events in the past three years. The land will house an early childhood development centre and a variety of out houses for staff and volunteers.

“Every cent raised from the events goes to Africa,” says Rodney Callanan, one of the directors of the non-profit organisation organising both events.

”The money goes such a long way – people in Kenya, for example, can live on $2 a day so they are so grateful for the help they receive.”

Cyclist, Rick Baker, who has participated in two Grand Tour of Hope events, encourages other cyclists to get involved.

“The event has been one of the most challenging yet incredibly rewarding events I’ve ever participated in. The ride itself is tough with long days in the saddle negotiating hills but the bonding with mates and each pushing each other through, makes it worthwhile.

“It’s humbling to realise that while we are suffering on a bike, the people we are raising funds and awareness for are going through a lot more pain each and every day, and not by choice,” he said.

Tour of Hope committee member, Katie Bickerton was equally enthusiastic.

“This is not just a bike ride for cyclists; it’s about everyday people changing the future for many who won’t get the chances that we have been so blessed with.”

For further details on how to enter this year’s Grand Tour of Hope, visit their website


Proposed Route

Day 1: Brisbane to Crows Nest (168k)
Day 2: Crows Nest – Wivenhoe Dam Loop – Return (182k)
Day 3: Crows Nest – Yarraman – Nanango Loop (183k)
Day 4: Crows Nest – Brisbane (178k)

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Lois Nicholls is an Australian freelance journalist. She is also the author of "Aussie, Actually," which captures her heartfelt experiences as a South African migrant living in Australia. Her second book, "Bye-bye Bikini", published in August 2018, is a series of frank and humorous essays navigating everyday life from the perspective of a fifty-something former newspaper and magazine journalist. Her first children's book, "What Dog is That?" available in hardcopy from was published in May 2019. Her books on Amazon: