Get on Your Bike & Help Aussie Kids

Getting on your bike can help kids in need for The Variety Cycle.

The Variety Cycle will get you fit and you will help disadvantaged Aussie kids.

Ever wanted to put those cycling skills to good use? Well, what better way than to get fit whilst fundraising for this year’s Variety Cycle charity event.

Now in its third year, The Variety Cycle is organised by Variety – The Children’s Charity, a not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs by giving them practical and vital equipment with which to overcome their struggles.

Starting from April 2 to April 16, YOU could go on a life-changing adventure and experience the gorgeous East Coast of Australia.

Feeling like a challenge? Participants can choose to tackle the full 15-day route from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef (2002 km).

Unsure of your limits? Then why not opt for the 7-day route from Sydney to Byron Bay (1023 km) or Brisbane to the Great Barrier Reef (979 km), or a range of shorter, beginner-friendly cycles including the 1-day ride from Sydney to The Entrance (104 km)?

“The Variety Cycle is more than just a bike ride; it gives participants an exclusive insight into Variety’s vital work and how their fundraising supports Aussie kids in need, “ Variety’s NSW CEO Tam Johnston said. 

In NSW, Variety provides more than $200,000 each month in practical and vital equipment, programs and experiences to help kids in need.  

“Overwhelmingly one of the highlights of Variety Cycle each year is cyclists being able to meet families on route, visiting schools and local communities to donate much needed resources and equipment along the way and in 2016 we aim to make this even more special than ever before,” she continued.

 The founder of The Variety Cycle, Christopher Mapp, will once again take on this year’s 15-day challenge.

“Having the opportunity to ride through some of the most beautiful parts of Australia with a great bunch of people is an amazing experience,” he said. “Every day there is a chance to have some fun… the friendships and camaraderie you make along the way last a lifetime.” 

To join, you simply sign up on the website, pay between $595 and $3850 for your selected route, and commit to fundraising a minimum amount until you complete your ride. The event is run by experienced staff and includes support vehicles, bike mechanics, food, accommodation, and medical teams, so all you have to do is come along for the greatest ride of a lifetime!

Find out more and register at

Sylvia Lee


Sylvia is a student journalist who loves travel, lifestyle and politics. Fun fact: she once wrote a story about an evil pencil with plans for world domination in primary school. Sylvia wishes people would stop asking her why she's pescatarian and that she were better at writing about herself in the third person.

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