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Army November 22, 2012
RIDING a mountain bike
around Lake Burley Griffin
for 24 hours straight might
not be everyone's
idea of a good weekend, but
for ADFA PTI WO2 Neil
McCallum, it was all for a
WO2 McCallum, who
completed 87 laps and
450km, said his aim was to
raise money for Legacy.
"I wanted to help people
who are doing it tough, and
who better than Legacy fami-
lies?" he said.
"I'm more than happy
with the funds raised so far
because everyone's doing
it rough financially, and it's
going to a good cause.
"I still have a raffle and a silent auc-
tion concluding in early December, and
afterwards I'll have a better idea of the
grand total. I would like to think it will
be in the $30,000 range."
He completed his epic ride at the
steps of the Australian War Memorial
at 11am on November 11, and was met
by Legacy Canberra chairman Chris
Mr Hunter said the money would go
towards helping 1300 widows and their
children in the region.
"All the money raised will be used
for their benefit," he said.
"Legacy helps out with costs of den-
tal and medical care where there is no
entitlement to a war widows' pension,
household repairs, and an occasional
small gift or a shopping card."
WO2 McCallum said the hardest
part of the ride was
the dark hours.
"It was a lot
colder than the
said it would be,
and the wind was
howling all night,"
"Then the sun
came up the brain
started to think it's
however, there were
still six hours to go.
start coming out
around the lake for
their morning walks and saying 'g'day'
your spirits rise again."
WO2 McCallum has completed
almost 30 years' Army service, includ-
ing 24 years in the British Army (1983-
1994 RCT, 1994-2007 Army Physical
Training Corps). He undertook a lateral
transfer to the ADF in 2007.
WO2 McCallum has represented
England as a boxer, coach and official,
and was ranked No 1 British Bantam
weight in 1990-92 before becoming a
member of the Barcelona 1992 British
Link to donate: www.everydayhero.com.au/
Support: ADFA PTI WO2 Neil McCallum and ADCU regional manager Andrew Moebus present Legacy
Canberra chairman Chris Hunter with a cheque for money raised by the 24-hour ride.
Rough ride to help families
Remembrance Day meant pedalling 450km for one digger but it was worth it to support Legacy, Sgt Dave Morley reports.
I wanted to
who are doing
it tough, and
-- WO2 Neil McCallum,
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