By Chloe Gowdie
Gowdie Management Group took part in the inaugural Chain Reaction Women’s 300 ride raising vital funds for Brisbane’s Hummingbird House and Youth Advocacy Centre charities.
The Chain Reaction Women’s 300 is a 300km road cycling event that took place on the 6-8th October 2017.
The riders began their adventure in Byron Bay and then made their way through the hinterland of the New South Wales and Queensland border, finishing up in Brisbane.
This three-day event raised money for children and young people’s charities, such as Hummingbird House and Youth Advocacy Centre.
Hummingbird House provides best practice short break stays and end of life care for terminally ill children and their families, while the Youth Advocacy Centre offers free legal services, youth support and family support assistance and services to young people generally aged ten to eighteen years.
Overall $430,245 was raised for these worthwhile charities, with the Gowdie team alone raising $69,640.
The Gowdie team consisted of nine riders; Angela Vinnicombe, Sheree Tullett, Jennifer Trembath, Kirsten Pike, Natalie Myatt, Ann Fordyce, Rosanna Crisp, Jaime Burnell and Jane Gowdie.
Jane Gowdie led the way on the final day of the ride sporting the black spirit jersey. Gowdie said:
“It was such an honour to wear the black jersey and lead the peloton from Mt Cotton to Chandler and to be in the front group riding into Victoria Park – there were many riders worthy of the black. I feel very humbled to have been the one to don the black on the final day.
I think that the ambassadors who gave a helping hand to riders struggling on the hills demonstrated the true spirit and selflessness of Chain Reaction, should have all been in black.”
The Chain Reaction Women’s 300 combines fundraising goals, physical achievements for riders and the intrinsic reward of making a difference to others, which overall is what makes it such a special, fulfilling and memorable experience for everyone involved.
The Chain Reaction idea is a concept that can only grow from here.