Sunday, March 1, 2009

Less than a week to go!

It has been a roller coaster of a last 10 months. The fund raising, the training... finally the trip is looming.
Claire and I have just been to the Anaconda Sale, and purchased last minute items, such as GEL seat covers, gloves, a day backpack, and a travel towel. we have also been to the supermarket to buy tuna snacks and trail mixes, as we hear there are not many 7/11 stores around. We are not looking forward to 2 weeks of total vegetarian food that does not include salad (washed by local water...if we are lucky), or cut up fruit. Like Claire said, "Eat like a Lubavich!"

I must thank all of the wonderful people who have supported me over the past 10 months. I cannot list everybody, but you know who you are. You are the people who have donated money, bought tickets to my film nights, helped with the garage sale, riden bikes with me, and generally encouraged me throughout. Since I joined up in May, I have been overwhelmed by the support of family, friends, and even strangers who have helped me raise my targeted $6000. I have now raised over $8000 towards Parkinson's research. I couldn't have done it without YOU! I would like to give a big 'thank you' to some particular people.
*My husband, John, (Yon), for his infinite patience, love and generosity. I shall miss you terribly, but don't worry; I always come back!
*Fred Van Ross, and his wife Chris, who inspired me to go on this trip. Their original goal of raising $12,000 seemed so daunting in the beginning, but they are now over the $18,000 mark. Fred has had infinite patience in helping me and the team in every way, from participating in bike rides, supporting our fund raisers, and helping with his computer expertise. He is a true inspiration!

*Leslie Aldor for the wonderful hybrid Gitane bike that I have used to train with. It's been FANTASTIC!
*Mark and Sharona Ruttman for their generous donation.
*Ingrid Brouze, who has trained and encouraged me with my riding; I couldn't have got where i am without her.
*Magda for letting me use her garage for the garage sale, and for organizing the James Bond movie night.
*Yvonne for hosting a magnificent brunch for her friends, with donations going to Parkinson's Victoria.
*Claire, Peter, Helen S-B, Lynda A, Ruth P, Suzie G, Linda J, Michelle K and Friederike, who have kept me company on my rides.
*The staff and children at the GBH and FKI branches of Mount Scopus College, who have had a 'Ride to school day' and raised money towards Parkinson's research.
*The Challange Team for their support by emails, and riding.
*Judith Mooney from Parkinson's Victoria for being there at all times to iron out queries, and turning up to all our functions


  1. I admire your dedication and envy your drive!

  2. Hi Karyn

    I am so excited and thrilled for your achievements. Good luck in Vietnam. I look forward to following your journey with you.
    Love Anita x

  3. we wish you only good times, stay healthy and importantly enjoy, it will be a huge challenge with us all with you in thought. you have to do the hard stuff.

    be well


    mark and sharona ruttner

  4. You are such an inspiration. More power to you as you conquer the next in a series of challenges which would daunt lesser people. Enjoy every minute, I will be thinking of you all the way.

    Barry Smith

  5. May you have a safe and enjoyable pedal. Enjoy the sights and the people along the way.

    Shane & Parkie