The Bruce Hall community is preparing for a second Tour de Bruce fundraising ride from Katoomba to Canberra in September. The Tour is the feature event of the Protect Your Head Campaign to raise awareness and funds for the National Institute for Mental Health Research (NIMHR) at ANU.
The inaugural Tour De Bruce in 2015 saw thirteen residents and two alumni participate in a three day ride from Dubbo to Canberra.
Thanks to the generosity of family and the ANU community the Tour raised over $10,000 for NIMHR and helped to raise awareness of the impact mental illness.
President of the Bruce Hall Residents Committee, Katrina Throssell, said "The campaign did wonders for the spirit at Bruce Hall. Not only did the group of riders form powerful friendships with each other, but the entire Bruce community was able to get behind them and give support."
The Tour de Bruce is being run again this year with a new route, new riders, new challenges but the same set of goals.
Campaign Manager and Tour Organiser, Tamara Bohler, is excited about the potential of the 2016 Tour de Bruce.
"Our first Tour was so successful at fueling our spirit and sense of family at Bruce, this year we would love to not only raise funds for NIMHR but to use the Tour as a way of connecting Bruce Hall alumni with current students. Particularly since this will be the last year the original Bruce stands."
"In 2015 our riders were far from cycling experts - in fact, most had no previous riding experience. Through mentoring from more experienced riders and months of dedicated training, the participants became physically and mentally prepared for the ride."
This year Bruce Hall is seeking the support from all of the ANU alumni community.
"Whether you have a keen interest in cycling, are passionate about mental health, would like to be a part of the ride, or just want to reconnect with Bruce we would love to hear from our alumni. There are endless possibilities to contribute through connections you may have with businesses or contacts that could assist with advertisement, transport, equipment, jerseys, food or sponsorship."
To support the 2016 Protect Your Head Campaign please contact Tamara Bohler by email or telephone 0435 115 581.
You can also like the Protect Your Head Campaign 2016 Facebook page to keep updated as the riders' progress from enthusiastic amateurs to capable cyclists.