Breaking the Cycle: Riding for Mental Health
Megaport’s Matt Simpson rides 2,800km from Perth to Broome for mental health.
Not-for-profit group TourXOz spearheads the charity cycling event that stretches from Perth to Broome to raise awareness about mental health and raise funds for Black Dog Institute. Promoting physical health to tackle the cycle of depression and anxiety is the name of the game as 65 cyclists ride approximately 2,800km in support of this great cause. Black Dog Institute works to improve research, education programs, and community initiatives to increase mental wellbeing across Australia.
We are proud to be supporting our Director of Global Cloud Strategy, Matt Simpson, as he takes on this arduous challenge. Training began with loops of the Brisbane River, before taking it to the next level with extended rides around the Bay Area on the West Coast of the US. Wherever Matt went, his bicycle went with him. Motivated and raring to go, he reflects on how this cause hits close to home, and why he’s ready to take on the challenge:
“Attending this ride is my way of giving back; a small contribution to raise awareness for this debilitating illness. I know riding helps me clear the mind, gather perspective, and talk openly about how this affects others,” Matt says.
While the race highlights the need for Australians to get active, it’s most importantly about supporting every fellow rider during the journey and getting one another to the finish line. Riding 150kms per day under often grueling conditions, Matt will play a part in helping to create a healthier community, physically and mentally. We are happy to be behind him, supporting him all the way.
You can help support the TourXOz ride from Perth to Broome for Black Dog Institute by donating here. For more information on our community support, and general enquiries about our services, please fill out the form below.