October 2008

Ange Goes Whale Watching!

by admin on October 26, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ange is a wonderful and very dear friend of ours who was part of the support team from Perth all the way to Ceduna.

We love Ange!

But then we found this bit of video as we were editing some video today.  Mmmmmmmmm!


Congratulations Nicole

by admin on October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Mum, Dad and I went along to the Pride of Australia awards today and had a great time.

I was nominated in the Young Aussie section and made the final 3.  I met Nicole Reggett and her mum Donna (they were sitting at our table) – Nicole was nominated in the Young Aussie section too after doing tons of things to help others.

Nicole was announced as the winner which was really great.  It was really good to be nominated with her.

Congratulations Nicole!

Nicole and Jack at the Pride of Australia Awards


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Quick Update – Wednesday, Oct 22

by admin on October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


A few quick updates:

  • We’re well over the $20,000 mark in donations – we’re calculating totals now.
  • We’re adding tons more photos to the site – you’ll see them down a bit on the right under the title “Flickr Photos” and in the main navigation above.  Check them out here.
  • Jack’s a finalist in the Pride of Australia Award that gets presented on Friday in Brisbane.  Jack, Mel and I scored invites to the luncheon so we’re going with fingers and toes crossed.  (Both grandmothers have offered money for our tickets but we’ve refused!)
  • Jack’s mates at school got him down and took a pic of the bike tan.  Hopefully it will appear online soon!
  • Jack got a ‘C’ in Physical Education at school.  Maybe he’s not fit enough!




Ask Jack…….

by admin on October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008 – 5.09 pm

We’ve had tons of people shoot  through lots of questions re the ride, so……..

Like to ask Jack a question?  Shoot through an email to admin@perthtoparadise.com.au with your question and we’ll get Jack to answer via a video we’re shooting.




Video From Saturday Night’s Dinner

by admin on October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008 – 4.50 pm

At Saturday’s dinner we showed a 4 minute 20 sec video of the ride just to give a sense of what Jack went through.  Hope you enjoy it.

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Charity Dinner – Saturday Oct 11

by admin on October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008 – 10.14 am

What a wonderful group of people that attended the Ride Celebration Dinner on Saturday night – you could feel the love!

Their generosity to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia was fantastic and greatly appreciated.  The best example of this was that a $200 gift voucher was auctioned off…….and sold for $400!

Jack presents David White (Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia)
with a ride caricature

Right back at ya!
David White presents Jack with a specially commissioned trophy

Harry & Laura spend some time with their brother Jack

More to come soon!



by admin on October 11, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008 – Midday

Jack has ridden his bike into Surfers Paradise to finish his epic across Australia bike ride – cycling 4,500 kms in just 30 days to raise funds and awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia.

It was easy with the bike storage and then we went off to celebrate this great bike ride.

Thanks so much for your support and interest.

More to come!


Day 30 – It’s Here!

by admin on October 10, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008 – 7 am

Jack’s very excited this morning as we’re about to head out from Murwillumbah and head for Surfers and the completion of our 4,500 journey.

We’re meeting some mates at Currumbin Alley at 10.30 am and then will be heading for Surfers Paradise, finishing under the Surfers Paradise sign at the end of Cavill Mall at midday.

Thanks everyone for your fantastic support.  We appreciate it greatly as we’ve travelled along and hope to see you soon.

Brendon & Jack


Day 29 – The Kyogle Ranges

by admin on October 10, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A relatively easy day today except for the Kyogle Ranges.  David, Chris and Harry took a rest day, whilst Jack and I tackled the ranges.

Straight out of the beautiful town of Kyogle into a 1 hour climb, then down into the beautiful valley.  We’ve done this ride before so are starting to feel like we’re close to home.

Jack & Brendon setting out from Kyogle

Jack climbs the Kyogle ranges

Old man Brendon climbs the same hill

After a nice breakfast at the Sphinx Rock Cafe, it was an easy roll down into Murwillumbah where we are to stay for the night.

With just 65 kms tomorrow, we’re can smell the salt air.

We completed a few radio interviews as well as organised some media for the finish tomorrow under the Surefrs Paradise sign at midday.




Day 28 – 130 km Lumpy Ride

by admin on October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A solid 130 kms today as we headed out of Grafton towards Kyogle.  Plenty of sunscreen today as another blue, cloudless sky showed.

The first 50 kms was a lumpy ride up and down, up and down.  Our support team were to be at the 50 km mark, but hadn’t arrived – luckily there was a tiny village at the 50 km mark and a round of toasted sandwichs and milkshakes kept up fueled up!

The boys spent some time looking for a bargain on board…………or alternative methods of transport!  Unfortunately we only found horses for sale, so remounted and rode on.

Jack, Chris & David look for transport

We headed out towards Casino for the 2nd 50 kms – Harry joined us for this bit and enjoyed it.

Jack has slowed a little up the hills, but after 4,300 kms we’ll forgive him!

Into Casino For Lunch

Into Casino and we found a shop for some chicken salad sandwichs and cold drinks.  We rested up here for an hour or so and started the 30 km ride into the beautiful country town of Kyogle.

It was a flat 30 kms and the lads – Jack and I, David (did it again Jill!), Chris and Harry – stayed together for a solid clip.

Tomorrow is an 70 km ride into Murwillumbah – we have the ranges to come over which are rather large, but we keep turning the pedals and keep arriving where we need to get.  It will be a slow ride, but a good challenge.

Jack’s feeling good and getting more excited about getting home.



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