Riding in my dad's memory

By Luke

Help me support MND NSW

I am taking on the Otago Rail Trail Challenge - spending 6 days cycling 150km along the Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand to raise much-needed funds for people living with motor neurone disease. 

In 2020 my dad started to fall over at work and couldn’t walk up the back steps or lift his arm over his head. After many tests and doctor appointments he was told he had an incurable and terminal disease - Motor Neurone Disease (MND). I was sitting in the doctors office with my mum and dad when she told them and I just remember mum bursting into tears.

Dad’s disease progressed very fast and within 6 months he could no longer walk. He was in a wheelchair permanently. He could not hold a cup, cut his meal, or shower himself. He could not scratch his face or blow his nose. He needed specialised care and somebody had to be with him 24 hours a day to do all these things for him. He eventually was unable to swallow and speak.

Our house was full of medical equipment such as a hospital bed, a sling to lift him. 2 different types of wheelchairs as well as equipment that would help him to cough and clear his throat and help him to breathe. All these things cost a lot of money and my dad would not have been able to stay home surrounded by his family everyday until the end, without the support and equipment that MND NSW was able to give.

Please support MND, as I raise money to give other people and their families the same support we had. I am riding the Rail Trail Challenge with my family in my dad’s memory. 

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Thank you to my Sponsors


Marie Campbell

Thinking of you mark love mum C 2024 xx 💙


Margaret Sutcliffe

Good luck 🚲


Donna Namdaran Reynolds

This is a wonderful thing to do in your Dads memory. I hope you have a lot of fun on the ride with your family and make some great memories.


Deb & Geoff, Woronora



Luke your Dad and Pa would be very proud of you doing this ride lots of love Grandma xx🚴🏻‍♂️💙


Marie & Friends


Sharon Campbell

Good luck have lots of fun. Love auntie Shaz 🥸🤘


Vincent Family

Good luck Luke


Aden Clarke

You are a legend. Donation for your bike ride.


Evan Adamou


Jenni Kirillov

What a wonderful thing you are doing to help others who are suffering with MND and to honour your Dad's memory. He would be very proud of you. xx


Susan Gray


Norma & Doug Emery

Luke we know you will have a great time with Mum and Jarrod riding the Otago Rail Trail to raise money for MND in memory of your Dad. Make sure Mum and Jarrod keep up with you on the ride. Congratulations for the huge amount of money you have raised for MND


Janelle Schultz

Dad, as we are would be so proud of you Luke, well done for your commitment to this important cause


Peter O'riordan


Lauren Bachir

Way to go Luke, your dad would be very proud of you riding in his honour. Wishing you and your family all the best with your epic ride in NZ.


Family From Endeavour

Wishing you well on your ride.


Creighton Family


Endeavour Sports High School

Good Luck Luke and Family, we wish you all the best on your fundraising and awareness supporting MND in New Zealand. Love your Endeavour SHS Family


Lindy Penhall

Good luck Luke just awesome! Lost my Mum this year to MND so very close to my heart. Your Dad will be so proud and will be with you always.


Susan Grover

Super proud of you Luke and I’m sure your Dad is looking down on you always, feeling just as proud. You are an inspiration


Emre & Kaan Nizam


Maria Certoma

Good on you Luke!!


James Kozlowski

Good luck, Luke. I'm so proud of you. It's an honour to be your Principal.


Lisa Cutcliffe

Good Luck Luke ... we are all so proud of you, and have fun !


Mandy Sowter

I’m so sorry for your loss Luke, Good luck on your ride in New Zealand.


Nicoleta Mouskos


Ben Curtis

Good luck on your ride, mate.


Qijia Xiao

Good luck Luke!


Cortez M

Good luck on you long bike ride mate


Naina Gopichand Shah


Rhys Phillips

Good Luck Luke Grandpa living with MND


Jacqueline Grantham - Eshs

Good luck Luke and sorry for your loss.


John Titley


Lucie Plowman

Wow Luke I am so proud of you riding 150km to raise money to help other people suffering from this awful disease. You are such a legend!! Miss Plowman


Julie Thurecht


Melanie Crowly

A little extra to help you reach your goal. What a great thing you are doing! Wishing you all the best on the ride.


Leslie Mabbutt

Wishing you and your family well on the challenge. Les, Helen and Lars


Brenda Pyett

You are an amazing young man Luke, we are very proud of you




Vikki Hall-green

You are are an amazing young man Luke. Good luck on your New Zealand adventure 💙


Jane Coleman

Congratulations Luke. You are a fine young man and I’m sure your dad would be very proud of you !



So proud of you Luke! And your whole family!! Dad will be there with you every pedal of the ride. ❤️❤️❤️❤️



Amazing effort in memory of your Dad. Wishing you & your Mum, Michelle all the very best in this endeavour


Wendy & Levi Norton

This is amazing Luke - best of luck and travel safely.


Lily Kennedy

Good Luck Luke from Lily


Fiona Kaushal


Endeavour Student Family

I’m sorry for your loss. Good luck on the ride.


A Family From Endeavour Sports High

Best wishes for your bike ride and fundraising, what a wonderful thing to do


Kalahni Crews


Helen And Dave Thomas

Hi Luke, good luck on your journey. Your dad will be there beside you, feeling very proud. Xx


Michelle Rosier

Your Dad would be so proud of you