PIC | Steve Waugh, Xavier Kitchin and Will Hodgman
A collection of sporting heroes will descend on Tassie to join the Waugh effort.
Steve Waugh, one of Australia’s most iconic figures and celebrated sportsmen, is gathering his forces to help kids across Australia.
Since retiring from cricket, Steve has worked tirelessly to support a number of worthy causes in Australia.
Steve and wife Lynette have a particular passion for raising awareness of, and funds for, young people with rare diseases.
The major fundraiser "The Captain’s Ride" sees a group of well-known sportsmen and women undertake a gruelling six day ride to raise funds for young people. Through the innovative use of social media, Steve and his fellow riders will, as their slogan says, put rare diseases on the map.
Previous rides have seen a host sporting hereos participating, including Motorcycle champ Mick Doohan, Australian cycling legend Anna Meares, two-time Brownlow Medalist and AFL Champion and Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes as well as legendary British Olympic decathlete, Daley Thompson.
For the first time, Steve is bringing this exciting event to Tasmania in November and to kick start the campaign today the Tasmanian Government announced a $20,000 contribution.
Today Premier Will Hodgman met with Steve and Lynette as well as the Kitchin family from Scottsdale, who have been supported by funds raised by The Captain’s Ride.
PIC | Scottsdale's Kitchin family with Steve Waugh & Premier Will Hodgman
The Premier said "Xavier Kitchin’s story is sadly not an isolated one." Born with a rare, undiagnosed genetic condition, Xavier requires on-going medical attention and "sometimes finds it difficult to do the things that many children and families take for granted."
Attracting the attention of The Steve Waugh Foundation, they were able to provide a modified outdoor play area for Xavier, which he "absolutely loves and means he can enjoy playing outdoors like most other five year olds."
Around 600 families have benefited from the Steve Waugh Foundation around Australia, including 11 families in Tasmania.
Steve Waugh says "by bringing The Captain’s Ride to Tasmania, we hope to not only raise much needed funds, but also highlight to Tasmanian families caring for young people with rare diseases that they are not alone and that there is support available."
The Captain’s Ride will travel through a number of areas across the state in November, including Launceston, Devonport, Cradle Mountain, Tarraleah, Strahan and Hobart meeting with locals along the way.
A highlight for riders on The Captain's Ride, is the special nightly events where riders hear from guest speakers including former sporting greats and other well-known Australians.
More information is available here - https://www.stevewaughfoundation.com.au/the-captains-ride/