A Hero’s Welcome: Our Trustee Michael Cycles 3,500km for Refugees

Back in March, our trustee Michael Thompson set out to cycle from Adelaide to Brisbane to raise awareness of our work and vital funds to help us continue supporting refugees.

On Monday 15th May he arrived at his former school, Bald Hills State, after having cycled an incredible 3,548 kms and climbing 27,066 m (that’s three times the height of Everest!). Six hundred and fifty children and staff came out to give him a well-earned hero’s welcome, as documented in this moving video:

Along the way, Michael garnered support from all kinds of people—including the kind folk at Trek Bikes who donated a beautiful bicycle, and numerous donors who have helped him raise over £8,000 and counting.

And then he caught the attention of Sky News Australia, who interviewed him and broadcast a feature on his adventure.

Reflecting on his experiences, Michael said:

“We have seen Australia at its best. The sights, sounds and smells will live long in our memories.

“We have met some remarkable people on our journey and truly experienced the kindness of strangers, on many, many occasions.

“Most of all, we have raised awareness about the plight of refugees wherever they may be… With the Sky News coverage we have reached 1000s, possibly 10,000s of people.”

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