The 2019 Future2 Wheel Classic charity bike ride will set off from Melbourne’s DISC Velodrome on Friday 22 November, aiming to surpass previous years’ fundraising efforts for the Future2 Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).
Now in its 10th year, the Wheel Classic will feature 18 financial planners and other financial services professionals from across Australia (plus support crew), who will ride 819kms over 6 stages.
Leading cycling broadcaster Matthew Keenan will join the riders on the first stage of the ride. Matthew is well known to cycling enthusiasts through his work covering the world’s greatest cycling events including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espaňa, and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
The riders will travel through the Daylesford Ranges and down to Apollo Bay. The group will ride the famous Amy Gillett Fondo route before cycling the Great Ocean Road and looping back to Queenscliff to catch a ferry to Sorrento, arriving at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 27 November for the opening of the 2019 FPA Professionals Congress.
Future2 supports young disadvantaged Australians experiencing social, physical or financial hardship. Riders will have the chance to meet some of the Future2 grant recipients past and present along the way including Boroondara Cares in Melbourne and Hello Hurricane in Queenscliff.
The Future2 Hiking Challenge will also take place ahead of Congress, taking hikers to the Grampians mountain range. Departing 23 November, 12 hikers will cover around 17km over two full days (plus travel time from Melbourne to Halls Gap and return) to take in the wild beauty of the diverse landscape.
Future2 Chair, Petra Churcher said: “We are grateful to our partners and for the commitment and generosity of the individual FPA members who take part in the Wheel Classic and Hiking Challenge to raise funds to support Future2.”
Riders have taken on the challenge of each raising $1,500, while hikers will each aim to raise $1,200 to support Future2’s Make the Difference! Grant program. Future2 awarded $191,066 in new grants to 20 not-for-profit organisations in 2019, an increase of more than 5 per cent over last year. Future2 has now committed $1,195,066 in grants since its inception in 2007.
MLC is the Gold partner of the 2019 Wheel Classic and Hiking Challenge. Riders and hikers from MLC include:
- Geoff Rogers, General Manager, MLC Wealth Distribution (rider)
- Carl Wilkin CFP®, MLC (rider)
- John Tsihlis CFP®, MLC (rider)
- Rosa Velkovski, MLC (hiker)
- Ellen Hickman, MLC (hiker)
MLC staff are contributing to the fundraising effort and are aiming to raise $10,000 by hosting fundraising events for Future2 across their offices in five cities.
Iress, Magellan Financial Group and Pickles are also partners of the 2019 Wheel Classic.
MLC is also the Gold partner of the 2019 Future2 Celebration to be held at the FPA 2019 Professionals Congress on Thursday 28 November.
For more information visit future2foundation.org.au