Here you will find information on my latest challenges, leadership advice, and hopefully the inspiration that you need to help get you back in to an optimistic and positive frame of mind, so that you may go on to continue to achieve success in your every day life.
If the challenges that I have taken on have taught me anything, it is that the human body, mind and spirit are capable of far more than we know. I have also come to understand that life really is not so serious, and that each and every one of us has our own mountains to climb – relative to the individual.
I trust that my blog, and my life’s journey as an adventurer and as a humanitarian, will inspire you to increase your output and desire to reach a level of excellence YOU are happy with. Always remember – Life’s Opportunities Are Limitless.
Cycle For Kids
Cycle For Kids –
3600km solo cycle across Australia, – from Perth to Melbourne, in under 21 days.
September 10th, 2012 – October 1st, 2012.
To raise funds for children in Australia living with cancer.
Early this year I was finally back in action after completing the Street Dreams Project and contemplating what I was going to do next. I had a desire to take on a challenge in Australia and help kids in need, and it only seemed fit for me to do another cycle due to my fitness restrictions.
I selected Camp Quality as my charity of choice due to the great work they do with children and their families living with cancer. I then had to pick a challenge – oh such joy. Initially Cycle For Kids was a Perth to Melbourne cycle over 21 days, however due to an issue in securing a support vehicle and a driver, my route changed significantly, much to the delight of my parents!
Within 24 hours of abandoning in “Option A” I had spoken to a friend of mine who offered to fund a support vehicle from Brisbane to Melbourne. Another close friend of mine, Jordan Kennedy, volunteered to drive for me and to head the PR while on the road, so with my new found route and team organized in under 24 hours, Cycle For Kids was set again – which was lucky as I only had 8 days to go before I was due to leave. Besides the minor issue that I haven’t actually done any cycling training at all (my bike is still in the box it traveled home in from the USA) on September 10th I will leave from Byron Bay and attempt to cycle to Melbourne, a total distance of 1700km’s in just 9 days.
When initially planning Perth to Melbourne, I received a response to an email I sent in late 2011, it was from a girl in the United States called Lauren Scruggs. I emailed Laurens family a short while after Lauren lost her hand and eye in a propeller accident in Texas, USA.
When I received Lauren’s email I sat and read over it again and again. What a brave and courageous young girl she was and a testament to the power of the body, mind and spirit when faced with adversity. I wasn’t entirely sure what I could do for Lauren but I wanted to inspire her to remain positive and to continue to believe in herself. Due to the symbol a tree offers – growth, life, happiness and youth, I decided that although it was only a small gesture, I would ask Lauren if it was okay for us to plant a “tree of life” for her in a national park during my cycle. Lauren seemed really positive and happy about the idea and told me she had always wanted to come to Australia, so this was a good reason for her to visit.
As always I am sure this challenge will be tough and push me to my limits, but, the opportunity to grow personally and to help inspire others to grow, and to see the smiles on the faces of children who are facing a battle most of us will never understand is well worth it.
For those interested in reading more about Lauren Scruggs and her inspiring story please check out her blog page at
Pixie and the Wheelie Bin Walk
Pixie and the Wheelie Bin Walk –
77km walk from Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital to Geelong Hospital,
August 25th, 2012 – August 26th, 2012.
To raise funds for Pixie Fitzgerald and her family, so that they can build an extension on to their house, so Pixie can spend more time at home.
It was Saturday the 21st of July when I sat down at Coco Café in Geelong to do my usual morning ritual and have a coffee. I was thinking about my upcoming ride and my mental preparation and for once I decided to read the paper. While I turned the pages of the Geelong Advertiser, I came to an article that caught my eye; the article was about a young girl named Pixie Fitzgerald. Pixie is a 5-year-old girl who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Germ Cell Cancer in November 2011. She had multiple tumours in her lungs, liver and hips and she was about to embark on her 11th round of chemotherapy, Pixie had also already had several surgeries to remove tumours and 33 blood transfusions.
The article told of how Pixie’s family was seeking to add an extension on to their small family home for, so that Pixie could spend more time at her home instead of the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital and the Geelong Hospital. After finishing the article I sat silent, contemplating what Pixie and her family were going through and how brave and courageous Pixie must be. With that thought in mind I decided I was going to do something, and that Pixie Fitzgerald had payed her dues to the universe. As far as I was concerned, Pixie Fitzgerald was getting her room!
That day I got home and emailed Katherine Branderberger (Kat) and told her I had an idea for a challenge fundraiser we could do, I had no idea whether she would be open to it, or if Pixie’s family would be open to it, but as the old saying goes – if you never ask the answer is always no. The original idea was to walk a wheelbarrow from Melbourne to Geelong in under 24 hours, full of donations for Pixie. The plan after speaking further with Kat was that it would be a pink wheelie bin. So there it was the “Wheelie Bin Walk” was ready to go, Kat has been absolutely amazing and is the driving force behind Pixie’s fundraising campaign, it’s just up to me now to follow through and get that nice big purple wheelie bin from point A to point B. Bring it on!!!!
Street Dreams Project
Who: Alex Petrou
What: An attempt to cycle 5000kms. across the USA, unsupported and homeless
When: September 10th, 2011 – November 10th, 2011
Why: To raise funds for Ladder and Stand Up For Kids, and to raise further awareness for youth homelessness
Kokoda Elite Trail
Who: Alex Petrou and Dion Taylor.
What: An attempt to complete the Kokoda Trail in under 3 days.
When: April 1st, 2011 – April 4th, 2011.
Why: To raise funds for Far North Queensland brain tumour victims Evie Shaw, Saffron Bryant and Kim Jenkins.
Unite For A Change
Who: Alex Petrou.
Wha: t An attempt to walk 1700kms, From Brisbane City, Qld to Cairns, Qld. In under 30 days, unsupported and self-sufficient.
When: November 24th, 2010 – December 25th, 2010.
Why: To raise funds for Sunrise Children’s Village, Cambodia and Camp Quality, Australia.