A 4,000km bike ride might seem unfathomable to some, but for Rashid Khallouf and Erich Hoffman it’s a reality that’s approaching quickly. From 2 September 2017, they will begin a bike ride from Perth to Sydney, across the Nullarbor Plain, over approximately 40 days in order to raise money for Lifeline Australia.
Lifeline Australia is a national charity that provides a 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention service. They rely heavily on community support and donations to continue to provide this life saving service to many Australians every day.
Rashid and Erich began training a few months ago with lots of early morning and long weekend rides, cycling more than 60km a day in order to prepare themselves both mentally and physically.
On Saturday, 2 September both men will fly to Perth, Western Australia, and begin their cycle back to Sydney. On Day One they hope to travel around 25km to the outskirts of Perth and will then continue to ride between 100km-150km each day. Their journey will take them across the Nullarbor, through Ceduna, Port Augusta, Mildura, Wagga Wagga and finally cycling the Old Hume Highway.
The weather conditions may impact how far they ride each day, but the biggest challenge will be carrying enough water to get them to the next roadhouse, which can sometimes be around 200km away. They will have to carry all their own food, water, sleeping bags, tents and other supplies while they travel. Rashid and Erich are showing an admirable sense of determination as they embark on this huge trip to create awareness for Lifeline Australia.
Having both personally experienced the incredible impact that Lifeline Australia can have on someone in need, Rashid and Erich want to give something back to the lifesaving charity. Together they have raised nearly $6000, and will continue to raise money as they pedal their way across Australia.
The team at Border Village Roadhouse are looking forward to welcoming Rashid and Erich as they cross the SA/WA Border and showing our support. Collection tins will be placed at Border Village Roadhouse for our guests to make donations for the duration of their cycle.