GOLD Coast physicist Arkadiy Matsekh will pedal to protect Aussie kids when he competes in the Bravehearts Time Trial alongside superstars from ORICA-GreenEDGE.
The avid triathlete will compete in the replica pro cycling event to raise money for Australian children affected by sexual assault.
As one of the first Gold Coasters to enter the event, Mr Matsekh will race against some of the country’s most elite riders and raise funds for the education, counselling and protection of Australian children.
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“I love to ride and I had such a great time in the inaugural event in 2013 that I am going to enter again, beat my time and raise more money for such a worthwhile cause,” he said.
“I am a father of a 10-year-old princess and I can’t say more. I just want to be sure that it is safe on the streets while she is playing or when she rides back from school on her bike. Sexual assault, is beyond any excuse and understanding.”
Research shows one in five Australian children will be sexually assaulted in some way before their 18th birthday – or 59,000 every year. Bravehearts aims to halve this number by 2020 with its 3 Piers to Prevention – Educate, Empower, Protect.
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston is encouraging the Gold Coast cycling community to jump on board and enjoy a family fun day out in the Samford Valley.
“We are calling on the Gold Coast cycling community to support this amazing fundraising event and assist Bravehearts as we continue to educate, empower and protect Australian children against sexual assault,” she said.
“Bravehearts has a vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child by 2020 and we can achieve this, but we’re relying on community support and events like this make a real difference.”
The Bravehearts Time Trial will be held on November 30 in the picturesque Samford Valley, just west of Brisbane.
The event caters for teams and individuals and will include many of the features of a professional time trial, such as ramp start, motorbike cameras, and timing gates.
All riders raise $1000 with major prizes on offer for the highest fundraisers including a new model Scott bike.
Register at braveheartsadventures.org.au or call 07 5552 3009.