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Ride for HIV a big achievement

Angus Morgan

24 November, 2014

Matt Perry and crew with staff from Escape Travel Whitford City on one of his 14 stops in the Ride for HIV

Travel consultant Matt Perry admits to shedding a tear and feeling a deep sense of achievement after completing his ‘Ride for HIV’ which he expects to generate several thousand dollars for Burnet research.

Recently diagnosed with HIV, Matt set himself a challenge that would take him out of his comfort zone and, in the process, contribute to a cause that he believes in.

So, with sponsorship from family, friends and work colleagues, the 32-year-old cycled almost 200kms through metropolitan Perth last Friday, visiting each of the 14 stores of his employer, Escape Travel.

“I didn’t sleep well the night before from excitement and nerves, but I was quietly confident I was going to get the distance,” said Matt, whose longest training ride was around 100kms.

“Overnight rain kept it nice and cool, and with help from my riding partners Grant Parsons and Josh Randell, we made good time.

“Each store made some signs and the staff came out and screamed and cheered as we came through.”

Matt said everything went smoothly until the latter stages when a strong headwind began to take its toll.

“When I got to the Karrinyup store, about four from the end, I hit a brick wall,” he said.

“I was in so much pain, but it wasn’t my legs, it was my back and neck.

“I had to lie down at a shopping centre, but within about 10 minutes, I suddenly got a second wind and that carried me home to the finish at East Perth, which was fantastic.”

Matt said he shared a bottle of champagne (or two) with his friends and colleagues, and savoured the moment.

“I drove home on Friday night, and I’ll admit that I shed a few tears just from that sense of achievement that I completed it,” he said.

“It was a huge feeling of satisfaction, personally … but also satisfying to contribute to finding a cure that will help others.”

Matt said he expects to raise around $5000 in total from the ride and a quiz night he’s organised for next Sunday.

And he’s already thinking seriously about his next fundraising ride.

“A few people have asked me if I’m going to do Geraldton and Bunbury next year - that’s about 700kms in all, a three-day effort at 200kms a day.”

“I’m thinking about it.”

You can support Matt’s Ride for HIV and Burnet’s work by donating online.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Angus Morgan

Manager Media and Multimedia

Telephone

+61385062404

Email

angus.morgan@burnet.edu.au

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