Australian teen Jimmy Ashby is set to pass through the Gold Coast today as he continues his journey to become the youngest person to cycle the globe.
The 18-year-old has already cycled 3,200 kilometres since he left Adelaide in April, and the Gold Coast marks the final step on the Australian leg of his tour.
The epic journey will see the teen travel 29,000 kilometres through 18 countries across 4 continents – and it’s all to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease research.
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Jimmy is using online site Everydayhero, aiming to raise a dollar for every kilometre he cycles.
“I’m not doing this for the record, but the adventure, and to raise money for a worthy cause that personally means a lot to me,” Jimmy said.
“I lost my grandmother to Motor Neurone Disease and am heartbroken there’s still no cure for this debilitating illness.”
Everydayhero’s Tara Gosling said Jimmy’s planned trip was no easy feat.
“It’s amazing to see Jimmy and other young Australians taking on such inspiring challenges and using the Everydayhero platform to raise much needed funds for local charities,” Ms Gosling said.
“More than 2,000 people are battling with Motor Neurone Disease in Australia and two Australians die every day from the disease. That’s why Jimmy’s effort, which will raise funds for life-saving research, is so important.”
Jimmy admitted the ride had been challenging but said he was thrilled he’d already raised $10,000 towards his cause.
“If my riding continues to encourage people to donate and support MND Australia, then every ounce of effort will have been worth it.”
Jimmy sets off on the international leg of his journey, starting in New Zealand, tomorrow, 17 May.