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Kirsty Robertson, CEO of Caritas Australia, and Richard Landels, Advancement Director, cycle to help end poverty. Photo credit: Claire Deakin/Caritas Australia.

Cycle to end poverty

Our Goal

$50,000

A ride to help break the cycle of poverty

Inspired by a story of resilience, Kirsty Robertson, CEO of Caritas Australia and Richard Landels, Advancement Director, are cycling from Sydney to Melbourne to help break the cycle of poverty. 

With a blessing from Bishop Vincent Long, Kirsty and Richard will be departing Sydney on Saturday, 23 April to take on the challenge of cycling over 900km in 9 days.

They will meet with local schools and parish communities along the way before finishing at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne.

Total raised so far

$

101% of our goal.

101% of our goal.

Biru is seen working at his bicycle repair shop outside of his home in India. Photo credit: Sameer Bara/Caritas Australia.
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Biru is seen working at his bicycle repair shop outside of his home in India. Photo credit: Sameer Bara/Caritas Australia.
The story of resilience that sparked this challenge

Biru lives with his family in rural India. As a child, he contracted polio and lost full mobility in one of his legs. As a person living with a disability in a remote area, he faced the prospect of a life of discrimination and poverty.

Through the generosity of Caritas Australia's supporters, Biru was able to access an entrepreneurship and livelihoods training program, run by our partner, Caritas India. Through this program, he gained the support and skills he needed to establish his own bicycle repair business.

Now, he is financially independent and a respected member of his community, working as a bicycle and motorcycle mechanic to keep his neighbours and friends safe on the road. 

Pedal to the metal to raise vital funds

Kirsty and Richard's ride will cross over difficult and challenging terrain to put their minds and bodies to the test as they fundraise for vulnerable communities.

"I have had the privilege of witnessing some amazing stories of resilience in my role as CEO of Caritas Australia. This year’s Project Compassion featured a story that truly touched me – Biru, a man living with a disability in a remote part of India, who started his own bicycle and motorcycle repair business despite overwhelming challenges," says Kirsty.

Inspired by Biru and his triumph over adversity, Richard decided to take on this personal challenge. "Hearing Biru's story made me want to do something uncomfortable and push myself to try to connect with the struggles so many people face and help raise funds for vulnerable communities."

Kirsty Robertson, CEO of Caritas Australia, and Richard Landels, Advancement Director preparing for their ride. Photo credit: Claire Deakin/Caritas Australia.
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Kirsty Robertson, CEO of Caritas Australia, and Richard Landels, Advancement Director preparing for their ride. Photo credit: Claire Deakin/Caritas Australia.

Support Kirsty and Richard to raise money for vulnerable communities like Biru's today.

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Biru repairing a bicycle at his shop in India. Photo credit: Sameer Bara/Caritas Australia.

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