An intrepid group of retirees will soon embark a road trip with a difference when they take part in the Scootarbor Challenge to raise money for BeyondBlue and prove that older people can live a life of adventure.
Traveling east to west across the Nullarbor, 22 65+-year-olds will board their 50cc scooters leaving Port August on 9 September and arriving in Perth 12 days later.
The brainchild for the Scootarbor Challenge, 70-year-old Queenslander Ian Jacobsen, has had a varied and challenging life in military and civil aviation , and as an Antarctic expeditioner. Ian says he has met far too many older persons who openly admit they are merely filling in time until they die. He now wants to help to change that thinking.
“We want to make the point that aged developed retirees can still be active and stretch their boundaries,” Ian says.
“There will be ten scooters provided by a motorcycle dealership from Fremantle in WA. “The scooters will be brand new 50cc Piaggio Typhoon models. “They are a quality scooter and we are expecting very little trouble with them over the 2400 kilometres we will be travelling.”
Twenty riders will be share the riding of the ten scooters and two participants will be support crew. Each rider will do approximately two shifts per day.
So far, participants in the Scootarbor Challenge have raised $15,000 for BeyondBlue, but they are hoping to far achieve this results and reach $300,000.
To find out more about the Scootarbor Challenge, go to http://www.scootarborchallenge.com/
To donate, go to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/ScootarborChallengebeyondblue
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