Our Involvement

Chain Reaction Foundation

Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate and social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in seven days. 

Since its first ride in 2007 Chain Reaction has raised  over $21 million on behalf of its charity partners. As a result of these fund raising efforts Chain Reaction has been able to make a significant difference to the following children’s charities: Starlight Children’s Foundation, Monash Children and Brisbane Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Victor Chang Research Institute.

John Gowdie, the Principal of Gowdie Management Group (GMG) first took part in the Chain Reaction one day from Mt Tamborine to Brisbane in 2010 and the following year took part in the inaugural Chain Reaction Queensland Corporate Bike Challenge riding 1000 km in  seven days from Forester NSW Central Coast to Brisbane.  John has participated in this charity ride every year since and looks forward to the challenge and being able to contribute to a great cause. John’s personal association with the Chain Reaction Foundation has contributed to over $200,000 being raised towards the sponsored charities.


Fidler Sports

Troy Fidler, a 3 time Australian Triathlon Champion established Fidler Sports in 1989, which has become one of Australia’s leading multi-sport training squads with over 650 athletes. GMG is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of Fidler Sports and has enjoyed a strong association with Troy and his squad over the past 6 years.  John Gowdie and staff engage in Fidler’s training sessions in preparation for many sporting events whether it be triathlons, fun runs or marathons, criterion racing or bike challenges or simply maintaining health and fitness.



Aspirations4Kids in Sport Ltd

Aspirations4Kids in Sport Ltd (A4K) is a company dedicated to assisting Queensland children aged 10-19 who wish to partake in school sports programs at a representative level, but are restricted by their ethnicity, disability, hardship, or lack of education. Via funding and support from the community, A4K can provide these young Queenslanders with the resources and opportunities to fulfil their potential in sport regardless of the circumstances. The company values the importance of investing in our Queensland school students and strongly believes that sport is a vessel that can positively shape young lives and lead to the betterment of society.


CanTeen Charity Golf Day

Gowdie Management Group were proud hole sponsors at the CanTeen Charity Golf Day held at Nudgee Golf Course on Friday May 6th 2016.

The CanTeen Charity help those aged between 12-24 who have been affected by cancer either personally or via other family members and provide critical support and networking services.

The golf day helped the charity raise nearly $26,000. We look forward to continuing our support for such a worthy charity.


SoCLA's Great Debate 2016

On the 16th of June 2016 GMG participated in the Society of Construction Law Australia’s (SoCLA) Great Debate, hosted by MinterEllison’s Projects team in Brisbane. SoCLA is a national organisation consisting of members from occupations involved with construction, industry representatives and the legal profession who have a mutual interest in construction law.

The debating panel featured one of GMG’s own project managers, Mr. Andrew Davis, who with Mrs. Melissa Storey Scott and Mr. James Green, went head-to-head with the opposing team to argue that the best place for a construction contract is the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet.

This light-hearted and witty debate provided a great opportunity for GMG’s SoCLA Committee members, Sam Dryhurst, Luke Thomas and Henri Thorsen to showcase GMG’s commitment to industry best practice. It was a very enjoyable evening addressing one of the many issues that encompass the subject of construction law: the importance of construction contracts in the industry.


Chain Reaction Challenge Corporate Cup Jayco Herald Sun Tour

On the 1st February 2017, John Gowdie took part in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour Chain Reaction Challenge Corporate Cup. Founded in 1952, the Jayco Herald Sun Tour is Australia’s oldest cycling stage race. It is a major professional teams-based event which includes some of the best cyclists from Australia and around the world, providing a platform for upcoming Australian riders to race against the world’s best.

Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days. Gowdie Management Group enter a team in this event every year since it commenced in Queensland in 2011.

The Chain Reaction Challenge Corporate Cup involved 24 participants to compete in an individual time trial preceding the elite riders. John Gowdie was one of the 24 and participated in the same fun and exciting experience that the professional riders undertook a few minutes after the Corporates.

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