Tragedy a catalyst for marathon ride

Michael Ferguson is undertaking a 2000km bike ride to raise money for mental health |charity Beyondblue. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d401600
Michael Ferguson is undertaking a 2000km bike ride to raise money for mental health |charity Beyondblue. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d401600

The qualified chef’s family have been touched by depression, but the biggest catalyst for the Settlers Hills resident’s phenomenal journey was the recent suicide of a young woman called Caroline, a colleague he completed his apprenticeship with.

‘She didn’t have the resources or the money to get help,’ he said.

‘That’s what Beyondblue provide ” everyone has been touched in some way or another by depression.

‘Beyondblue deal with depression and anxiety, you can call up and speak with a counsellor for free and they also do workshops.’

Mr Ferguson’s solo adventure, which he will begin on July 13 carrying just 25kg of kit, will take him on a 110km-per-day journey from Perth to Esperance, then from Kalgoorlie back to Perth.

‘I love riding, I’ve always rode, but I’ve never done anything like this,’ he said.

‘Road trains would have to be my biggest concern, and the distance between towns ” I’ve got to look after my water supplies.

‘I’m hoping the wind isn’t blowing into my face either.’

Mr Ferguson said he had already raised $1600 of his $5000 goal and urged people to dig deep for the cause.

Visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/michael-ferguson to make a contribution.