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Kate’s New Zealand Mountain Bike Fundraiser

The Adventure
The challenge ahead and the reason why...

I have set myself the challenge to cycle solo around the South island of New Zealand as a way to soak up nature while bringing awareness to the community about people living with disabilities and the challenges they face to accessing the outdoors.

Being able to ride, on or off road, is a privilege of mine that I try not to take for granted. For others, it is a massive effort to go get off road and enjoy the thrill of propelling yourself through the bush.

After recently becoming involved with Break the Boundary, I learned how much adaptive off-road cycles cost for people with disabilities and mobility impairments.

So, I’m combining my opportunity of cycling around New Zealand’s south island with a purpose – to raise enough money to provide a handcycle for the newly developed Break the Boundary mountain biking and trail walking hub.

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About me
Commuting, mountain biking, touring... bicycle = happiness

I have always loved cycling.

The freedom of cycle touring, having everything you need from mode of transport to food and accommodation on your bike, has been my preferred way to explore for many years. I appreciate the different view at the slower pace, and the opportunities that present to interact with people along the way.

Between being a teacher and the drummer for a local Perth rock band, I find myself volunteering for Break the Boundary as a new coach and general support to help more people experience the thrills of cycling, improving their mental health and helping people be a part of the community despite their trauma and daily barriers.

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Making the outdoors accessible for more people...

Without the appropriate assistive technology, the outdoors would not be accessible for people living with mobility impairments.

Over the last 6 years of Break the Boundary’s community engagement, a huge gap for people with higher-level impairments has become obvious. People with tetraplegia, multi-sclerosis and other degenerative disabilities do not have the luxury of accessing the outdoors through the current range of off-road equipment.

So, the Quadrix AXECC Touch has been identified as a solution to the problem. Designed and manufactured in France over many years, the Touch allows people with enough function to control a standard wheelchair joystick to independently propel themselves!

The design is versatile and is one of few relatively affordable options on the market.

The freedom this will offer people is priceless!

Currently there are ZERO in Australia – lets make this a first!!!

Funding from traditional sources is difficult to access for new charities, especially when the cost of equipment is so high due to lack of local manufacturers in Australia. Without having an established marketing and fundraising team, Break the Boundary relies heavily on the community pulling together to make it happen, much like it happened with Australia’s first adaptive trail hub that have less than $2,000 Government funding ($0 from state and federal).