Steve Waugh rides into region with a rocking offer
STEVE Waugh's The Captain's Ride is coming to the Toowoomba region from November 4-9 and you have the opportunity to meet him and Suzi Quatro at a special fundraiser on November 2.
The ride, now in its fifth year, is held annually in a different location, and is the major fundraiser for the Steve Waugh Foundation which supports children and young adults with rare diseases.
It will see 70 riders, including the legendary Aussie cricket captain (1997 to 2004), riding over 800km over the six days.
Starting in Toowoomba, they will head to Bunya Mountains, back to Toowoomba, Warwick and Boonah before finishing at the Gold Coast's Mt Tambourine.
Other VIPs on the ride will include gold medal-winning cyclist Anna Meares, British Olympic decathlon champion Daly Thompson, former Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles, Paralympic skier Michael Milton, soccer legend Craig Johnston and Aussie batting great Matt Hayden.
Waugh said that from the outset the idea and motivation behind The Captain's Ride was to raise significant funds for the foundation, raise awareness about rare diseases and the bravery of the kids who live with them.
He said the mental and physical challenges faced by the riders aimed to "in some way replicate what our kids and families go through each and every day" and foster the idea that "no one should have to stand alone; everyone needs a team to support them".
Funds raised and other donations go to individualised life-changing grants for medicine, specialised equipment, treatment and items that improve the quality of life for children affected by a rare disease, as well as respite retreats for the whole family.
The public is encouraged to wave the riders on each day, but organisers said it was almost impossible to co-ordinate public get-togethers, with much depending on weather and the riders' progress each day.
A number of lucky people do have the chance to dine with Waugh and Thompson, as well as meeting the original female rock superstar Suzi Quatro at a special event on November 2.
As both Waugh's manager since 1999 and a foundation board member, and Suzi's Australian promoter since 1974, Harley Medcalf said it was "a great opportunity to bring various elements of my life together on one day, and raise money for an incredible charity".
As part of Quatro's Empire Theatre concert, profits from which will support The Captain's Ride, an exclusive dinner for 40 people is planned at The Old Bank Roof Restaurant, attended by Waugh and Thompson, followed by a meet and greet with Quatro, and special gift bags, before taking prime seats at her concert.
The package is $850 and includes a tax-deductible portion, with a minimum donation of $350 per person to the Steve Waugh Foundation in your chosen name.
To find out more, go to www.empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655 299, and to donate or find out more about the Steve Waugh Foundation and updated details about The Captain's Ride, go to www.stevewaughfoundation.com.au/the-captains-ride or phone 1300 669 935.