|by Lynnet-Ann Walker |
Herbalife Nutrition Independent Member
My father, Garry de Brabander, would tell me about the folks who ride a bike 840kms from Torquay to Adelaide, in order to raise money for the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation.
He was so excited that they were doing this and supported them in many ways. Initially, I thought they were crazy! I mean, who rides a push bike 840kms? Back then, I knew nothing about cycling.
Not long after my father passed away, my husband Mark and I were in the car with my step mum, Jenny. I mentioned to Jenny that I saw the annual bike ride for the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation was approaching, and maybe Mark and I should do it as our way of supporting the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, in honour of dad. Jenny was thrilled and immediately shared with everyone that Mark and I were doing the bike ride, despite the fact we didn’t even own a bike, let alone know how to ride one.
There was no turning back now.
After a call to Kerrie Bowie (a veteran of the HNF Bike Ride), who recommended a shop for us to get bicycles, we discovered we needed a crew member. Without hesitation, Jenny said “I’m in.”
Our bikes arrived in September, which is when we immediately began learning how to ride. We trained extremely hard, and thank goodness we have the best nutrition, as this supported our ambitious cycling goals.
It was an incredible experience being part of such a large, philanthropic event to raise money and awareness for the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation.
“We visited Sunshine Butterflies near Noosa in September, which is a wonderful facility. It was great seeing how much they improve the lives of people with disabilities. Giving back made us feel better as well, knowing we help raise funds that go directly toward such a worthy cause. I know all our Casas do great work, but experiencing firsthand how we contribute to positively impact these communities just made it so real, seeing it all in action.”
The ride process before, during, and after is such a raw, exhilarating feeling with so much personal growth and development. Through the journey, we made friends that become family.
When you go to the different Casas and see what the fundraising does and how grateful every member of each Casa community is, it makes every single kilometre we spin through, every incline and peak we reach. I am grateful that I have this opportunity to give back worthwhile.