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Riding from the Cape Byron lighthouse to Uluru, Sam and Paul hope to raise at least $5,000 for the SHIFT Project. Photo Eve Jeffery

Why not turn a fun adventure into a way to raise money for a good cause? That’s the conclusion that Sam Lewis came to when she decided to ride to Uluru to raise money for the SHIFT Project.

The SHIFT Project supports women through the challenges they face moving from homelessness to independence.

Sam jokes that there was nothing good on television, and she fancied doing something different.

‘I had an idea to ride to Uluru, and I thought it was going to go away, well “someone” thought it was going to go away, but it didn’t go away.’

That ‘someone’ is Sam’s husband, Paul, who said, ‘Well if you will, I will’ – so planning for their adventure began.  

Paul says he’s been roped in. ‘I basically thought the idea would go away, but then when it didn’t, I was in!’

‘I decided I wasn’t just going to be the support vehicle driver because I’d rather ride a bike than follow one at 30 kilometres an hour!’

The couple left from the lighthouse last week, and expect the ride to take about 45 days.

Sam says their prep has pretty much been an old exercise bike.

‘It doesn’t really do much. It sits in the middle of the room and sheds rust.

‘We’ve been prepping on that because I think if I actually went out biking on the road, I wouldn’t go’.

Sam and Paul both decided that somebody should make some money from their efforts, otherwise there would be no point.

‘Well, there is a point doing this for us, the bike ride was always just something I wanted to do, but the more we got into it, I thought, somebody needs to make something out of this. I did some research and found a local charity with a big heart – the SHIFT Project – everything else is history.’

Sam started the fund-raising goal at $5,000 and hopes to raise the limit higher along the way.

To support Sam and Paul’s fundraising, visit www.gofundme.com/f/a-slightly-crazy-bike-ride.

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  1. As the wheels turn there is something missing. How do they get back from Uluru?
    On a cycle trip you form a circle so you end up at the place from where you came from. Are they going to cycle back from Uluru?
    If so they are travelling on the same ground they have covered, so they will have to detour in another direction.
    Uluru to Adelaide and then Byron Bay is a suggestion.


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