Friday, 7 October 2016

Scrapheap Adventure Ride: Wrap Up, thanks ... and congratulations

A huge hats off to Perry Gilsenan himself who founded the Scrapheap Adventure Ride. He has sustained it very successfully for 7 years (and is working on the 8th already), tapped into his hugely supportive adventure biking community, and raised more than $500,000 for the work Down Syndrome NSW!

Here is his 'Wrap Up' of the 2016 event held last weekend, posted to the Scrapheap Adventure Ride Facebook page yesterday:

Well as the ‘mud’ settles after Scrapheap 7 its time to reflect on this year's great event.

  • We had 102 bikes registered – our biggest year 
  • We have over 150 including kids for dinner on Saturday night!! 
  • We have raised $95,535 for Down Syndrome NSW (bringing the total raised by Scrapheap Adventure Rides to over $500,000!) 
  • This is our biggest Scrapheap Adventure Ride yet!!
Firstly, thank you to all who participated including those who were unable to come due to unforeseen circumstances. You are all part of this success!!!

The fundraising effort for 2016 is very, very close to its target
 of $100,000 and has taken the 7 year Scrapheap Adventure
Ride total over half a million dollars!
Scrapheap Adventure Ride 2016 My Cause page

Big thank you to Anita, Ken and team at Four Corners Farm Stay!! Given the extremely wet weather leading up to the event, Anita bravely put her hand up to be our Plan B. Their generosity and hospitality was remarkable!!! So many Scrappers have commented to that effect. If anyone is looking for a ride destination, we can highly recommend them!!!

We feel for Justin and Julie of Kallara Station – Tilpa, who made the difficult and correct call to defer to Nymagee. They were really looking forward to the Scrapheap being there. We will try again in the coming years!

To have to relocate Scrapheap Adventure Ride in less than 3 weeks was a massive undertaking. Scott Bridges and Claire from Down Syndrome NSW were totally committed to this task and worked so well as a team to make it a success.

The UP ClubThe welcome team from the Up Club manned the welcome tent in rain and then sunny and windy Friday afternoon and provided a Noisy Happy welcome to the riders. Thank you all for being part of the Scrapheap Crew!!

Scrapheap Adventure Ride 8
We have locked in our dates for 2017 but have yet to finalise the location. Keep an eye on Facebook and our web page.

I am humbled by the support and continual growth of Scrapheap Adventure Ride each year. It’s an absolute honour to organise and attend an event with such an awesome group of generous people!!


Scrapheap Adventure Ride Facebook page - check in here for the complete list of teams and the many sponsors of the event, many more fabulous photos and videos.

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