Taking it up again!!! I am amazed at this and I know it is a long shot but I am going to have a crack at 14K. I am resting up in Cooma. Big ride tomorrow for Corriyong - Brain Bus and seminar here tonight, Pain Science in the Corryong Pub tomorrow night, then we finish in Albury on Tuesday.
Last night we brought all the current Local Pain Educators together with their Mentors and then the whole group had dinner. So much shared intent, so much commitment and so much talent. Exciting times.
This is just outstanding - thanks a million to all you donors out there - I am gobsmacked and at Luis' advice, I am upping the target AGAIN!!!!! Is 12k possible? That would match last year's amazing performance by you outstandingly generous folk. Let's have a crack. 12K it is!
Jeepers! What great support - thanks to everyone who has jumped in. I am upping my goal!!!!! Help me crack 9k!
Well, we are close and we are getting very excited. The Pain Revolution team has put in a massive amount of work. Local Pain Educators have been recruited; registrations are rolling in for our outreach events; media commitments piling up; ride guides written; hotels booked; bananas ordered. My training started late January and I have clocked up almost 100 hours in the saddle, just under 3000km and 45,000m climbing.
I am very grateful indeed for those of you who have supported this great event - thanks for your generosity and your investment in our cause.
Last year, together with 30 other cyclists, scientists, clinicians, carers and recoverers, we rode the Pain Revolution. It was an incredible success. After over two decades working in pain research and treatment, I can’t recall having ever felt such resonance among so many people touched by persisting pain. Nor have I seen such a strong will to change among industry, health care and community. I spent the whole week flitting between being inspired, humbled, excited and exhausted. However, the real magic cut in when I got home.
In the following weeks, I received over 400 phone calls from rural Australians who were rethinking their situation and re-engaging with the idea of a better life; I heard from doctors, physios, rehab workers and psychologists thanking us for listening and for making this a priority. I was contacted by a Mayor, the General Manager of a major regional employer, a radio host and a football coach, all with stories of transformation in their community. Just a month ago, a 15 year old lad from Ballarat rang to say that he and his sister had convinced their mum to have one last attempt to get off the sofa and learn about this Pain Revolution, that she is now walking 15 minutes a day, that she watched his entire football grand final (that they lost didn’t matter) and is almost off all her pain meds. Through tears, he said ‘our mum is back’.
I am more convinced than ever that we can truly make a substantial difference to people in pain, to their families, their communities and, ultimately, to our country’s bottom line, if we combine our resources, talents and strengths. I am convinced that a Pain Revolution is possible.
In 2017 we raised $80,000. The money goes to our Local Pain Educator Programme, starting with the communities we visit on The Revolution. We had almost 100 applications and recruited 12. They start their training this February - a certificate in Pain Sciences, one-to-one mentoring with some of Australia’s best pain experts (who are donating their time no less), and specialist coaching to produce resources and strategies with which to serve their community moving forward. They will become next year’s mentors and so the community expands….
We need your donation to kickstart each community we target. This is why I'm shouting out to everyone within coo-eee who might want to help me raise money for the 2018 Pain Revolution. Donate here and your money will go straight to this project. 100% of it. UniSA is the registered charity but rest assured - your donation goes straight to Pain Revolution - Uni takes none of it.
I am taking on the ride and some of the outreach events again. As an unnatural cyclist, I will need to prepare well, which is why you can support me for the Revolution or just for going alcohol free until post-Revolution. I will be doing Blanduary, Febfast, AND Parch. I am now officially in training.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, I really am grateful.
ps Again, don't be put off by the fact that UniSA is 'the charity'. Your donation goes straight to the Pain Revolution Local Pain Educators Programme.