Australia: Riding 1,000,000 metres for Motor Neurone Disease
Last Updated: 10 November 2016

The thought of taking a road trip from Brisbane to Sydney would often have people opening their internet browser to search for flights. Kaden Boriss Legal however instead opted to join a team of cyclists to ride the 1000 kilometres (being one million metres) from Brisbane to Sydney in order to raise money for the MND and Me Foundation. This is their story.

"...the team raised over $150,000 to support the rewarding work of the MND & Me Foundation..."

In 2013, Scott Sullivan and Dr Ian Scott, both sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), rode 1,000km from Brisbane to Sydney over 16 days on a specially modified tandem bike to raise awareness of MND. MND is a terminal condition where the nerve cells controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe, and swallow, start to degenerate and die whilst the brain remains fully functional. Each year over 700 Australian's lose their lives to this terrible disease.

Three years after that incredible feat, 49 cyclists took the challenge to ride '1,000,000 metres for MND', retracing the 2013 route. The funds raised for this event benefited the MND and Me Foundation, which was founded by and then lead by Scott until he sadly passed away in 2014. We could see his smiling face as he watched over us and as the team raised over $150,000 to support the rewarding work of the Foundation.

Kaden Boriss Legal, a proud supporter of MND and a sponsor of the ride, had four of its own participate. Partners of the firm, Damien Van Brunschot and Roland O'Regan, rode the first leg of the challenge from Brisbane to Byron Bay (173km). Andre Wyman and Gareth Davies put in an amazing effort and completed the full 1,000,000 metre challenge of riding from Brisbane to Sydney over the course of 7 days.

The cycling team was humbled by the amazing support that was received along the route, including from those who have lost loved ones or are suffering from MND themselves. It was a most fulfilling and rewarding experience. The arrival at Grafton State Primary School to a hero's welcome from the children was a special moment which mirrored that three years earlier when Scott and Ian were also welcomed warmly by the school.

Thank you to all those who supported and encouraged us with the ride.

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