I want to start of with saying I AM NOT CRAZY. Well, maybe a little bit. My journey began in 2014, when I was 16 years old. At the time, I planned an epic bike ride from Uluru to Melbourne (behind my parents back may I add). I rode 2700 kilometres and raised $11,000 for cancer research.
Though this journey only took me 28 days, it has fundamentally shaped me into who I am today. Fast forward 3 years and my fiancé (Teresa) and I were walking along our favourite beach in Queensland when we bumped into an elder couple who were slugging plastic bags across the beach.
“This is absolutely disgusting” the lady said passionately. We made eye contact and they asked if we could help them. My fiancé and I were both eager to lend a helping hand, and the couple informed us about how serious the problem was.
Intrigued, I went home and read up on it. A few months went by, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had always been a little bit of a hippy when it came to the environment, but the more I read into this, the more the problem really hit home.
I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year and so many people were still oblivious to how serious the issue was, including myself 3 months prior!
One day, I asked Teresa about how we could possibly make an impact and actually change what was happening. She responded “What about the Endurothon?”.
I had always had the idea of the Endurothon, ever since my bike ride in 2014. Changing the world whilst pushing yourself to the limit, it sounded fun! (well maybe that is just me).
So, I acted on it and we started planning it out. How could we make this dream a reality?
After months of hard work, we finally got to the stage where we are able to launch the website. This is the start of the Endurothon journey. There is little over a year to go before the event kicks off, and to the person reading this, THANK YOU! Your early support truly means the world to me and the team.
I can’t wait to see what the Endurothon Oz team will achieve over the next 3 years, and what we can achieve together.
At Endurothon Oz, we have one main focus, clean the oceans.
Though it sounds simple, the fact is it’s not. With one garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into the ocean every minute, it is now predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean! This is alarming and pretty scary too.