My name is Frank Maraz, and I live in Adelaide, South Australia. Since this Covid19 has been torturing us, I can see and feel its effects on the people of Australia. But, out there and around the world this pandemic and its results are even worse. So, seeing the frontline workers enormous efforts and risks to keep our country safe, I decided to give back something as my appreciation and honour.
I am on a bicycle trip around two-thirds of Australia. It will take about six months, and I will ride close to 10,000 km. I left Adelaide on the 7th of August.
I am making this journey for those affected by this virus, such as people who have lost family members or have been infected by it, losing a job, business, or relationship and ending up in financial hardship. These difficulties may bring out our anxiety or depression. I am one such person. During this trip, I will document many moments and put photos and video clips online. I have already started sharing here:
My logo is a "penny-farthing" bike.
Thirty years ago, I rode around the world on a push-bike. Now, at age 59, I want to recall that life-changing time. Most of my happiest memories are connected to those two years, even when physically and mentally challenging.
I want to send a message to my fellow Australians that there can be a personal way out of this crisis. Indeed everyone has happy memories from the past. My message is, try to recall and relive those moments again. Why not? You may love to play a musical instrument or restore furniture or a car in your garage - whatever brought a smile to your face at that time - make it a reality again. Make it happen again. I can't promise you will achieve on the same level, but I can promise you that smile if you do it.
This trip, this journey, this challenge is called: "ROAD TO RECOVERY."
Do you want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money in aid of Beyond Blue Limited, and every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.
More information about Beyond Blue Limited: Beyond Blue's mission is to equip everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. We give people the confidence to support those around them and make anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations. And as well as tackling stigma, prejudice and discrimination, we're breaking down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out.