The photo above, when I was deeply entrenched in my Hulk Hogan stage, was taken at the end of my second ride, in 2004. My beautiful kids, Natasha (9) and Mitch (6) have since successfully navigated their lives, with many ups and very few downs, in a manner for which I am full of admiration and love. Tash is completing a PhD at UWA in Conservation Biology, Mitch works as an auditor at BDO. They are good humans and getting better by the day, Together with their beautiful mum Amanda and our old kelpie Hame, they form a kernel of preciousness that makes me second to none in the good fortune stakes.
You can see from the photo above that Mitch, rocking a Mambo T and surf hat ahead of its time in size, was always cutting edge in the fashion stakes. Nothing much has changed. We ride together in 2022 and I can't wait.
It also needs to be said that although Amanda only need look after Hame the kelpie for the week of the 2022 ride, were it not for her support throughout the long hours of training and ride week, I would not have been able to complete my eleven rides. The lots and lots of people that say 'well done Kimbo', should say 'well done Kimbo and Mands'. I couldn't have done any of it without Mands carrying the household while Trenchie dragged my arse around the hills...
Although we may be the lucky country, our relationship with suicide and anxiety remains alarmingly high, particularly in out teenagers. My children, our family, have all felt the helpless chill of someone they know struggling with these issues. I imagine it is the same for most families.
This is why I ride for this charity. They do good work throughout WA helping young people address and overcome these challenges.
If you are looking for a good cause to support, look no further!
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