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Avid fundraiser Ian Kidd ‘Riding for Connection’

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A self-confessed “avid fundraiser” is donning the lycra again to assist another local organisation.

Raymond Terrace’s Ian Kidd, who rode 1,770km solo from Lake Eyre to Mount Kosciusko for Got Your Back Sista in 2022, will embark on another massive odyssey in 2024.

In April, he’ll jump on the bike and pedal 1,800km from the southernmost part of Australia (Wilsons Promontory), along the East Coast, to Newcastle.

But, this time, the Hamilton Hawks Rugby Club Old Boy aims to raise much-needed funds for a Lifeline Hunter centre as well as create a greater awareness of mental health issues in the region.

Former teacher Ian Kidd is embarking on another big ride for charity.

“I realise it’s more than just a personal challenge,” Kidd said.

“It’s a testament to the indomitable spirit within, a journey of redemption and revelation.”

For the past two decades, he’s navigated mental illness, which has seen him admitted to facilities on a number of occasions.

“I ride not just for myself, but for those who continue to fight their battles in the shadows,” Kidd said.

“As I do, I carry with me the collective support of those who believe in the power of resilience, in the triumph of the human spirit.

“Amid the chaos, one constant emerged as my beacon of hope: cycling.

“Pedalling through the winding roads became more than just a pastime; it evolved into a vital form of therapy, a lifeline tethering me to sanity.”

Riding for Connection is aiming to raise $10,000 for Lifeline Hunter in the hope of covering the outlay of 256 crisis support calls, which cost Lifeline $39 for every call answered.

The charity responds to more than one million phone requests annually on 13 11 14, from people across Australia reaching out for assistance.

Donate to Lifeline in support of Kidd’s journey at https://riding-for-connection.raiselysite.com/

He expects to ride into Newcastle on 19 April.

Follow his story at https://www.facebook.com/ian.kidd.10888

You can phone Lifeline to speak to a Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14, text 0477 131 114, chat to Lifeline online or access the Support Toolkit to self-manage what you’re going through at www.lifeline.org.au (all services are available 24/7).

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