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Ride from Bunbury to Bondi for Bidwill girls

EVERY DAY HERO: Mike Shaw (left) with his bike ‘Moccona’ and Robyn Hardge-Scott of Bidwill, who will participate in the Broadening Horizons trek.MIKE Shaw had dreamed of riding his bike acrossthe Nullarbor Plain since he was 14.
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Now 44, he has justcompleted an incredible 39-day ridefrom Bunbury in Western Australia to Bondi Beach on Thursday.

Mr Shaw said he rode through rain, hail and floodwaterand spent an average of nine hours a day in the saddle,coveringmore than 4155 kilometres in the process.

He said he had some tough days on the machine hehas dubbed ‘Moccona’ –because it always gets him to coffee – but he was pushing the pain barrier for a worthy cause.

“There were some days when you just know that your body doesn’t have the energy but the cause I was riding for was much greater than the pain I was experiencing,” hesaid.

The ride raised more than $4000 for Bidwill Uniting Church’sBroadening Horizons program, which aims to changethe lives ofyoung girls livingBidwill.

The money will go towards funding an experience of a lifetime forthe four young women in the program -a trip to Tasmania in December to take on the famed Overland Track trek.

Mr Shaw, who lives in Bunbury but grew up in the Blue Mountains, said he found out about the program throughhisfriend, Reverend Mel Macarthur.

The pair set off together from Grace Christian School on August 8 along with their trusty driver Graham Loan.

Although his riding partnerwas forced to return home after 15 days,Mr Shaw said he never thought about giving up.

“I wasn’t doing it for me. Anyone can go for a ride but I wanted to bring up the positive aspects of society and make a difference,” he said.

“Too often you see negative articles but then you see what they’re doing here [Bidwill Uniting Church] and that resonates with people.

“The focus has always been on the girls here in Bidwill.”

Bec Reidy said following the ride had been an inspiring experiencefor everyone connected withBidwill Uniting Church.

“It was pretty amazing to have someone who has never met us to do something so incredible to help us out,” she said.

“The Broadening Horizons program is about mentoring young people to reflect on the direction of their lives byshowing them the world that existsbeyond Bidwill.

“Mike’s efforts certainly did that.”

Mr Shaw said his experiences on the road showed him the generous spiritof Australians.

“The Australian culture is about battling for the underdog. The generosity of the Australian people is amazing.

“If you were to ask me if I’d do it again –I would say yes.”

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