The nationally acclaimed MS Gong Ride will go virtual in 2020, encouraging thousands of individuals around Australia to take part from wherever they are, in the fight against MS.
For the past 39 years, tens of thousands of cyclists have hit the road in this legendary ride from Sydney to Wollongong to raise funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. 2020 will now take this ride to another level, with the iconic event taking place virtually for the very first time.
Taking place between 1 October and 1 November 2020, the MS Gong Ride Virtual event will create a welcome opportunity for riders Australia-wide to participate from wherever they are situated and ‘ride’ to Wollongong from any location over 32 days or less.
To ensure completion of the route, riders will track and log their rides via their personal fitness apps, with a suggested range of distances covering 82km all the way to 3,740 km – equivalent of riding from Perth to the ‘Gong, all in support of the 25,000 Australian’s living with multiple sclerosis.
MS Limited CEO, John Blewonski is excited for the inception of the virtual event, and encourages all to take part to raise much needed funds for Australian’s living with MS:
“Even as the world changes, the challenges of living with MS persist. Over 25,000 Australians are living with MS. That number continues to grow, with 10 people in Australia receiving a diagnosis every week. The need for support continues to grow. That’s why I am so delighted to launch the MS Virtual Gong Ride. The MS Gong Ride is usually a sell-out event, and people travel from all over Australia and internationally to take part in this iconic ride. This year, no one will miss out. Wherever you are, you too can take part and fundraise to make sure every person facing MS can live well and receive the support they need.”
Whether a seasoned cyclist, or an amateur getting started, individuals and teams can participate from wherever they call home and go the distance to raise much needed funds for Australians living with MS, so no one has to face MS alone.