The Charities

I am doing this ride to raise money for some charities that I think are very worthwhile.  They are listed below, I hope you will agree with me and donate a few dollars (or euro, or pounds, or…)

To assist a support network for depression sufferers, click here. To help a young guy survive Hodgkins Lymphoma, click here. To help sufferers of anxiety and depression, click here.
One in five people in the UK suffer from depression.  Depression Alliance works to relieve and to prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services to those who are affected by it via publications, supporter services and network of self-help groups for people affected by depression.  The money raised here will go towards a brand new peer to peer support network called Friends in Need. One of the most powerful things for someone suffering from depression is the knowledge that they are not alone, and that someone else understands because they have been there too. The Friends in Need network will take the peer to peer support offered by Depression Alliance (which currently reaches around 3,000) and expand its reach to the whole country and everyone in it who is suffering from depression alone.  You can learn more about Depression Alliance by clicking here, or donate by clicking here. In 2008 Matthew Storey was one of the most promising young swimmers in Australia.  He had a collection of national medals and had started a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.  Then July Matt was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Since then Matt has been through many regimes of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, along with two bone marrow transplants, but the disease is still there and all curative options have been exhausted. To be kept alive, and to have at least some chance of what we all consider a normal life, Matt has been put on a drug known as Brentuximab. This drug has been through clinical trials all over the world and has been successful in providing medium to long term remissions for people with cases similar to Matt’s, and he has responded well to early treatments with it. Unfortunately, it is not currently in any trials in Australia, nor is it part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Therefore, Matt must pay for the drug. The estimated cost of his total treatment is expected to exceed $150 000. Any funds donated to Matt’s cause here will go towards the bills for this drug, and any remaining funds will go to the Leukaemia Foundation.  To read more about Matt you can click here, or to donate just click here. Edit: I have heard of a few people having trouble registering to get the details for this. To make things simpler, you can also do a direct deposit to the following account:
Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Name: Matthew Storey Foundation
BSB: 062823
Acc:10278209
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is the leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders.  Over the years ADAA has launched several national educational campaigns to promote awareness about anxiety disorders and encourage people to seek treatment. ADAA has also funded more than $1.5 million in anxiety disorder research.  Today ADAA continues to be the voice for those affected by anxiety, depression, and anxiety-related disorders.To learn more about ADAA you can click here, or to donate just click here.

 

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