Bondi to Brighton via Eden: Riding to remember

Give me five: Cyclists from the Bondi2Brighton Ride to remember pass through a guard of honour at the Eden Public School. Photo: Rachel Mounsey
Give me five: Cyclists from the Bondi2Brighton Ride to remember pass through a guard of honour at the Eden Public School. Photo: Rachel Mounsey

There were plenty of high fives and cheering as thirty cyclists en-route from Bondi Beach, Sydney to Brighton Beach, Melbourne pedalled into Eden Public School this afternoon .

The excited pupils gave the cyclists a royal 'Eden' welcome, forming a guard of honor at the school gates, before heading off to the school's main hall for a brief information session covering the importance of raising awareness about dementia.

The bike ride is an extension of the annual Bondi 2 Berry ride, now in it's fourth year.

Last Saturday, September 7, 130 riders took off from Bondi Beach to Berry.

The smaller cohort continued on stopping in Bateman's Bay and Bega so far.

Co- Organiser Nick Young said the ride was a way to combine his passion for cycling and also make a contribution to a cause close to his heart.

"We are riding to remember our loved ones, and raising awareness of dementia," he said.

Mr Young's grandmothers passed away after living with dementia and his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011.

He said many of the cyclists had been personally affected by the disease and it's surprising once the conversation gets going just how many people are affected.

"There are around 435, 000 Australians living with the disease," Mr Young said.

"And it's the second leading cause of death in women," he added.

"We are riding to remember our loved ones, and raising awareness of dementia," he said.

Mr Young said all funds raised will go to Dementia Australia in hope of finding a cure for the disease.

Raising almost $175, 000 in funds so far it looks the group might just breeze into their total goal of $200,000 before they hit Brighton Beach this coming Saturday.

"It's been a really smooth journey so far - all of the communities we have visited along the way have been very welcoming," Mr Young said.

For more information about Bondi2Berry and how to donate please visit www.bondi2berry.com