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Combining Adventure with Advocacy: Our Journey on the Alps to Ocean Trail

Embarking on the Alps to Ocean Trail is not just about experiencing the natural wonders of New Zealand; it's also an opportunity to make a difference in the world. During our own adventure along this iconic trail, we had the privilege of raising awareness and funds for a cause close to our hearts: the Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and their Global Lend Us Some Muscle campaign 2024.

A Journey with Purpose

As we biked our way through the stunning landscapes of the South Island, we were driven by a shared commitment to support those affected by Friedreichs Ataxia (FA), a rare genetic disease that affects coordination, balance, and mobility. With every pedal stroke, we carried with us the hope of raising awareness about FA and funding vital research initiatives aimed at finding a cure.

Along the trail, we took every opportunity to share our mission with fellow travelers, locals, and anyone willing to listen. We talked about the impact of FA on individuals and families, highlighting the urgent need for research and treatment options. Through social media updates, blog posts, and conversations with fellow adventurers, we amplified the message of hope and solidarity, rallying support for the Global Lend Us Some Muscle campaign.

In addition to raising awareness, we also embarked on a fundraising journey, reaching out to our networks and communities to solicit donations for FARA. Through online campaigns, events, and personal appeals, we were humbled by the outpouring of generosity from friends, family, and strangers alike. Every dollar raised brought us one step closer to funding critical research projects and clinical trials that could change the lives of those living with FA.

One of the most rewarding aspects of our journey was the sense of camaraderie and solidarity that we experienced along the way. Whether we were sharing stories, swapping tips with fellow bikers, or cheering each other on during challenging sections of the trail, we felt a deep connection to our fellow travelers and a shared purpose that transcended borders and boundaries.

Adventure with Impact

Our adventure on the Alps to Ocean Trail was about more than just personal achievement; it was a testament to the power of combining adventure with advocacy. By raising awareness and funds for FARA and the Global Lend Us Some Muscle campaign, we were able to make a meaningful impact in the fight against FA, while also creating lifelong memories and forging lasting connections with our fellow adventurers. As we reflect on our journey, we are reminded that every step we take has the power to change the world, one trail at a time.





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