Nigel Tweddle and Peter Bates, both from Sawtell, are
currently prepping to ride their push bikes from Cairns to
Sawtell to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.
We catch up with Nigel to find out more about their inspiring journey.
Have you always been a rider?
No, neither Peter or myself have been riders. I mean, we had always ridden bikes when we were kids, like anyone else, but that’s as far as it went. We never really took it seriously until now.
In May you will be doing a massive ride from Cairns to Sawtell to raise money and awareness for Multiple Scleroris. What prompted this initiative?
When Pete and I lived together, we spoke about what a great experience a ride around Australia would be. Peter then moved to Canada for a year, but we kept talking about it. So when he moved back from there, we started to plan our ride, and we’ve been working on it for about a year now.
Once we decided we were going ahead with the ride, we thought it would be a good idea to use the adventure to support charity – not only to motivate ourselves, but also to help those who need it. So we spoke about whom we would like to support.
My uncle has MS, so that’s why MS Australia was the charity we chose to support.
What is MS?
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal chord – the central nervous system. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Multiple Sclerosis at this time. However, there are therapies that may slow the disease. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms and help you maintain a normal quality of life.
Tell us about the plan for your journey.
1 May – Cairns to Atherton
2 May – Atherton to Innisfail
3 May – Innisfail to Cardwell
4 May – Cardwell to Ingham
5 May – Ingham to Townsville
6 May – Day off
7 May – Townsville to Ayr
8 May – Ayr to Bowen
9 May – Bowen to Airlie Beach
10 May – Day Off
11 May – Airlie Beach to Mackay
12 May – Mackay to Carmilla
13 May – Carmilla to Marlborough
14 May – Marlborough to Rockhampton
15 May – Rockhampton to Gladstone
16 May – Adstone to Miriam Vale
17 May – Mirium Vale to the Town of 1770
18 May – Day off
19 May – Town of 1770 to Bunderberg
20 May – Bunderberg to Torquay
21 May – Torquay to Maryborough
22 May – Maryborough to Tin Can Bay
23 May – Tin Can Bay to Noosa Heads
24 May – Day off
25 May – Noosa to Caboolture
26 May – Caboolture to Brisvegas
27 May – Brisbane to Surfers Paradise
28 May – Day off
29 May – Gold Coast to Byron Bay
30 May – Byron Bay to Ballina
31 May – Ballina to Evans Head
1 June – Evans Head to Yamba
2 June – Yamba to Wooli
3 June – Wooli to Sawtell
Then finally we can rest!
How can people get involved in the fundraising aspect of your ride?
People can donate at our Everyday Hero page: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/batesy_and_tweed
We would love for a few local businesses to get involved, maybe to hold a raffle with some great prizes – or if they would like to donate some of their wares. But we are open to every idea. The more people who would like to get involved, the better. It would benefit every single one of the 20,000 plus Australians living with MS.
Can we follow your journey online?
Yes, we have set up a Twitter account where we will be posting regular updates of our journey. From where we are, how many crashes, to how sore our butts are from our seats! Plus, we hope to be uploading photos every night or few days as well – showing off the wonderful countryside that is Australia.
Any final words before you set off on your adventure?
We would just like to thank every single person who donates and follows us and sends support for our journey. No matter what conditions or how sore we get, people living with MS have it so much worse than us. That will be our motivation to keep pedalling.
Thank you Nigel. Good luck with the ride.