Wheelchair challenges pushes on

NOW only three weeks away from the “Push On” wheelchair challenge, Adam Georgelin is in full training and the fundraiser is close to completion.

Wallan’s Adam Georgelin is in full training to complete 125 kilometres of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, between Tallarook and Mansfield, in his wheelchair, raising money for spinal injuries.

Mr Georgelin will push his wheelchair 125 kilometres from Tallarook to Mansfield along the Great Victorian Rail Trail to raise awareness and money for spinal injuries.

Born with Spina Bifida, Mr Georgelin said the fundraiser was to show his appreciation for the organisations that turned his “life around for the better.”

A percentage of funds raised go to the Robert Rose Foundation with the rest going to Disability Sport and Recreation.

“What the Robert Rose Foundation, as the major sponsor of the Victorian Wheelchair Football League, along with AFL Victoria and Disability Sport and Recreation has done to improve my life and introduce me to sport has been invaluable,” he said.

The fundraiser is currently at $3235 of the $5000 goal with 53 donors contributing to the cause.

The Magpie and Stump Hotel in Wandong will host a charity night with raffle prizes to assist the fundraiser.

“Details are sketchy at this stage by my Facebook page will keep everyone updated,” Mr Georgelin said.

“On there you can find the details of my Facebook group and the GoFundMe page.”

Donation tins are available at businesses throughout the Mitchell Shire, including at Ruralco Property in Kilmore.

Mr Georgelin is thankful for the training he is receiving from Totally Fit Gym in Wallan.

“Thanks to Kieran and his team from Totally Fit Gym in Wallan for creating a program specific to me, I am in the best shape I have ever been,” Mr Georgelin said.

Event volunteer roles are still available and include positions like support crew or assisting with dinner.

The challenge will begin on December 1 and finish on December 3, marking International Disability Day.

Mr Georgelin said the challenge would not be possible without the support of his family and friends, including his wife Tammy who will be completing the event on a bike alongside him.

“Peter Gannon who helps manage my Facebook has been invaluable with what he has done getting social media and media coverage,” he said.

“But special mention has to go to my wife Tammy who motivates me every day to keep pushing on.”

People can donate to the fundraiser by visiting www.gofundme.com/f/push-on-adams-cycle-challenge and can join the “Push On wheelchair challenge” on Facebook to stay up to date.