MORE than 20 people from across Australia and New Zealand have embarked on a journey from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on postie bikes, to raise awareness of people living with depression and anxiety.
The group of 24 riders is made up of tradies, suppliers and management from the Laser Group, along with motor racing star Steve Richards from the Laser Racing Team, who has traded his usual four wheels for two for the six-day journey.
After departing the Laser Group head office in Doncaster on Thursday morning, the group arrived at its first pit stop at the Sale Mall, greeted by a large crowd.
A highlight for the crowd was Mr Richards’ famous Laser Racing Porsche, which sparked great interest from locals.
Laser managing director Steve Keil said participating in the postie bike challenge was rewarding based on the awareness it raised for beyondblue.
“When we stopped in Officer for fuel this morning, this one guy walked up to us and slapped $50 in my hand and said ‘I just heard about you on the radio. You’re supporting a great cause’. It was great,” Mr Keil said.
“We want to build awareness of this and also raise funds for beyondblue as they’re a great organisation working to provide hope and support to those who think their situation is hopeless.
“The impact of depression and anxiety can be debilitating and we believe that their incidences are unacceptably high in our industries.
“We definitely feel that beyondblue is a worthy recipient for the funds we raise.”
The group will now ride 2000 kilometres through Lakes Entrance, Canberra, Bondi, Port Macquarie, Lismore and Tweed Heads before reaching their final stretch on the Gold Coast today.
The riders from the Laser Group have already raised more than $90,000 for beyondblue, far surpassing their original target of $25,000.
For more information or to donate, visit the Laser Group Postie Bike Challenge Everyday Hero page.