YEPPOON Central Queensland, Australia – Errol Hodges, a resident of Yeppoon, will take part in the August 16th ACE Gran Fondo which is a four day, 450km cycle ride to raise funds to combat autism.
Mr Hodges, told The Chronicle:
“I am participating in the ride because it affects my partner’s family. Her son and grandson are both afflicted with autism,”
In the ACE Gran Fondo, participants are not racing, they are riding for a charity which benefits the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Griffith University.
Each rider is expected to commit to raising a minimum of $1500.
Mr. Hodges has sent out an appeal to the residents of the Capricorn Coast to help fight autism by donating to his ACE Gran Fondo ride. Hodges is trying to enlighten people and said,
“Money raised will provide, implement and develop training programs for teachers, carers and parents to help children in those transition years.”
There is a great demand for assistance for children between the ages of 5 and eighteen that are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. He said there was also a special need to provide support for autistic children in the 5-18 years age bracket. There is a particular need to assist with the;
“transition years from home to school and then school to work, assistance that will help them live in the real world,”
For more information on how you can participate in the ride or sponsor a rider please click on this link . It will provide dates, times, application form and much more information on the event
The original article by Mike Knowling in The Chronicle, can be read here