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I will be heading to New York in September 2010 after being lucky enough to be awarded a $5,200 RSL Youth Development Grant announced last week.  Thanks!

My friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia have arranged for me to spend 2 weeks with Big Brothers Big Sisters New York to work with the charity and see how they do things in the Big Apple.

Regards

Jack

No joy for Jack in the 2010 Young Australian of the Year finals for Queensland.

Jack Sinclair - Finalist 2010 Young Australian of the Year (QLD)

Jack Sinclair - Finalist 2010 Young Australian of the Year (QLD)

Other Finalists Were Bloody Amazing

It’s weird, but you’d think there would be some disappointment when your kid doesn’t win but the other finalists were just so bloody amazing it was great to just see him up there with these 3 incredible people.

As Jack’s mum Mel said (and even though it sounds a bit soppy, it’s actually true) “Even though he didn’t win, he doesn’t lose.”

He got some terrific recognition for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia as well as the chance to meet and chat with some extraordinary people doing amazing things.

Congratulations To The Winner – Jean Madden

Jean Madden won the Queensland Young Australian of the Year – Jean designs, gets made and has given away over 11,000 swags to homeless people. Amazing.

The other 2 finalists were:

  • Alissa Phillips – Alissa works with people with disabilities through a very innovative range of programs.
  • Ray Chen – check out Ray in the video below. (Aside from being an amazing violinist, Ray also has the most charming mum in Australia!)

Cheers

Brendon

What’s Up & What’s Next?

by admin on July 23, 2009

Hi and thanks to everyone who has contacted me through the site.

Had a few people ask what I’ve been up to and what’s next.

  • Harry (he’s my little brother – but he’s rather tall at 6 foot 2 inches) and I ran the Gold Coast Marathon a couple of weeks ago.
  • We also both did the rather hard Kokoda Challenge – a 96 km bushwalk in the Gold Coast Hinterland last weekend.

What’s Next

I’ve just finished my presentation for Scout groups and school children -the talk goes for 10 minutes and I talk about:

  • how kids should do a bit of exercise each day,
  • how and why children should eat good things and not tons of junk food, and
  • how they can do anything they set their mind to.

If you’d like me to talk to your group please email me at jack@perthtoparadise.com.au.

Dad and I have been talking about having another dinner this year (maybe on the anniversary of finishing the ride) and having some more raffles to raise some more money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Thanks

Jack

Quick Update – 21 June 2009

by admin on June 21, 2009

Howdy

Quick update on things.

Jack received a bit of press a few weeks ago to promote the Pride of Australia Awards.  Check the article here.

Jack has also just been nominated for the Gold Coast Honours Award – the Gold Coast Bulletin had an article in Saturday’s newspaper about him and said some very kind things.

Click the article to make it larger.

Click for larger image.

Cheers

Brendon

Photos From Ride In Slideshow

by admin on June 1, 2009

The Days In Order

by admin on November 25, 2008

Tuesday November 25, 2008

I just realised some of the chronological order is difficult to find on the site.  Here’s the ride in order:

Adventure Begins
Good Luck Message
Day 1 – Tailwinds
Day 2 – More than planned
Day 3 – Rolling Plains of WA
Day 4 – Kalgoorlie
Day 5 – Tough Day
Day 6 – Norseman to Balladonia
Day 7 – Massive Day Gets Us Ahead
Day 8 – Past Madura
Day 9 – Crossing the border
Day 10 – Into SA
Day 11 – To Penong
Day 12 – Hardest Ride Ever
Day 13 – To Minnipa
Day 14 – Reducing tomorrow’s ride
Day 15 – 120 km to Port Augusta
Day 16 – An Incredible Day
Day 17 – Australia Bites Back
Day 18 – Broken Hill Birthday Boy
Day 19 – Broken Hill Flying
Day 20 – Pushing Hard
Day 21 – Lunch Update
Day 22 – Heat, Flies & Exhaustion
Day 23 – Stormy Morning, Hot Afternoon
Day 24 – Cycling Hell to Heaven to Hell
Day 25 – Dodging Snakes, Kangaroos & More
Day 26 – Wet & Wild 101 km
Day 27 – 120 kms of Downhill
Day 28 – 130 km Lumpy Ride
Day 29 – The Kyogle Ranges
Day 30 – It’s Here….Coming To The End
End – Done!

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

Jack

Quick Update – Wednesday, Oct 22

by admin on October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hi!

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!

Cheers

Brendon

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.

Cheers!

Brendon