My fourteen year old stepson Lachie has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and he is the bravest little bloke I know. Every day I am in awe of how he takes on this insidious disease and all its challenges. I have long thought that I should do something more than just showing Lachie how much he is loved and putting a smile on his face at every opportunity so have committed to ride the Tour Duchenne 2017. This seemed easier than arranging a premiership for his beloved Carlton Football Club! I am not a cyclist so eight days and 1000 kilometres in the saddle will certainly be a challenge and I know many of you will take delight in my pain.
Knowing first-hand just how difficult it can be to plan and execute a holiday with a disabled child the concept of James House immediately resonates with me. Research is essential but so is respite.
TOTAL RAISED -$ 55,223
Anonymous - $5000
Helen Bannerman - $265 - "A great cause that is dear to our hearts, from the Christmas in July crew !"
David Fitzpatrick - $200 - "Good Luck"
Ashis Bathia - $500 - "Great cause, very best wishes"
Andrew Pooley - $200 - "DDB, Good luck, take plenty of vaseline !! Lots of love, AJP, SDP, Toria and George ...... COYS"
Neila Buurman - $200 - "Well done on volunteering for this worthy cause. I look forward to hearing about it next time you're over. Good luck, you may need it !"
Anonymous - $1000 - "Well done David, a great cause."
Anonymous - $250 - "Best wishes for your endeavour. At last you have found a purpose!"
Anonymous - $100 - "Best of luck David!"
David Page - $400 - "Very happy to support mate - a terrific cause! Will you need a map ? All the best from all the Pageys X"
Mike Lay - $200 - "Mad, mad dog"
David Chester - $100 - "Good luck with the challenge"
Gavin Hollamby - $200 - "Your a good man. Ride safe and good luck with the saddle sores. Cheers Gav & Hayley
Richard Coloretti - $50 - "Good luck David!"
Anonymous - $100 - "Good luck Banners"
Andrew Nicholl - $100 - "An absolute pleasure to support such a worthwhile cause, and a very noble gesture David, to sit on a bike for 8 days ..... ouch"
Stephen Higginson - $300 - "Will be with you in spirit mate, try and stay in the saddle for a change! All the best, Higgo"
Andrew Tulloch - $100 - "A great effort for a very worthy cause, Good luck"
Felicity Cocks - $100 - "Well done David - a fabulous cause"
Robin Shute - $200 - "Go for it"
Douglas Milne - $200 - "Don't forget the Vaseline"
Hitesh Patel - $100 - "Great cause and best of luck"
Martin Hawkins - $200 - "Lets hope they have plenty of Boags stops along the way"
David Bannerman - $50 - "Great cause Banners"
Daniel Kenny - $50
Rod Frichot - $50 - "Good luck with your support for this worthy cause, close to your heart."
Craig Terrill - $300 - "A great cause David, proud of you mate. Suggest you contact Donuts-cushions R US after the event"
Christopher Colohan - $100 - "All the best for reaching your goal for this great cause"
Robert Hammerlsey - $100 - Fantastic cause and best of luck with all the training"
Chris Redlich - $100 - "Best of luck with everything"
Rob Veale - $100 - "Well done Banners"
David Foote - $100 - "Great cause mate, very happy to make a small contribution"
Robert Crittenden - $300 - "Great Cause. Tour de Tassie 2017 and Tour de France in 2018"
Michael McHugh - $50 - "Good cause, take care"
Richard Todd - $200 - "David, great cause - good luck"
Anonymous - $100 - "Well done David, all the best for the ride"
Faith Geraghty - $20 - "Best of luck David, maybe you should do a presentation to SMDG after the event? Would love to hear how it goes"
Gary Seymour - $100 - "Having a problem with the lycra but Good Luck"
Penny Siega - $20 - "Awesome work"
Anonymous - $100 - "Two great things to do - Spend a bit of time on a bike and support a worthwhile charity"
Toby Preston - $100 - "Good luck ......... you'll need it"
Janet Mcphie - $100 - "Good Luck"
Peter Rashleigh - $100 - "Don't get off your bike"
Joanne Colson - $100 - "Very proud of you DDB! Enjoy the ride and lots of luck for raising much needed funds"
Michael Wood - $50 - "Don't worry its all downhill ! Good Luck"
Harsh Chopra - $500 - "HC Maritime is pleased to support this noble and worthy cause - All the best !"
David Lloyd - $100 - "Good luck it's a great effort"
John Murphy - $200 - "David no pictures of you in lycra please"
Anonymous - $100
Robert Beresford - $100 - "Great cause, King of the Mountains Tasmania then Le Tour."
Anonymous - $100 - "Ride well with the wind hopefully at your back"
Damian Honan - $500
Murray Anderson - $50 - "Good Luck"
Jose Lou - $50 - "Best of luck David. Great cause.
Craig Bennett - $100 - "Nutter"
Nick Shortis - $100 - "Good Luck"
Ben Humphries - $100 - "Good work for a great cause mate. Best of luck on your ride"
Melinda Norris - $50 - "Hope this helps, happy riding!"
Lisa West - $200 - "Good luck David, fabulous effort for a great cause"
Anonymous - $50
Mark Eden - $100 - "Good luck David, keep up the training"
David Tribuzio - $50 - "All the best for a great cause David"
Adrianna Didaskalou - $100 - "Good luck David"
Anonymous - $50 - "Go David"
Lyndall Ridley - $100 - "All the best for the ride and fundraising efforts"
Anonymous - $50
George Karalis - $100 - "Great cause David, have a great time"
Clint Hitchcock - $40
Anonymous - $25
Jackie Downham - $20
Daniel Mcdonald - $50 - "All the best David"
Leigh Frost - $100 - "Great effort Banners but please don't post any full body shots of you in lycra during the ride. Much appreciated."
Viviana Costanzo - $50 - "Good luck David, enjoy the ride"
Jon Downes - $25 - "A truly worthy cause, good luck in the saddle"
Russell Mehmet - $50 - "Well done David and good luck with the ride"
Kamal Sarai - $50 - "Good luck David"
Daniia Sinurova - $50 - "Good luck David! So good to see people making great effort for a good cause"
Rosanna Carbone - $100 - "Go David Go! Enjoy the ride. Rosanna and David
William Callan - $50 - "A great commitment David, all the best"
Lorraine Attwood - $50 - "Great work, good luck David"
Jamie Webb - $200 - "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat - Winston Churchill. Awesome cause and a very touching tribute to your stepson. I'm sure he's very proud. Good luck DDB."
Rajith Alwis - $50 - "Good luck David"
Daniel Gialanze - $50 - "Great cause, David"
Vasla Govender - $20 - "All the best Lachie, your a brave young man"
Daniel Gialanze - $50 - "Great cause David"
Peter Madden - $100 - "Well done Banners, a great effort"
Oliver Krause - $50 - "Great cause - All the best Banners"
Paul French - $100 - "Banners, I'm guessing that 700kms in Tasmania equates to about 48 laps of the place. Make sure you learn how to draft and may cyclonic winds always be at your back. Best of luck on the ride and all the best to Lachie"
Keith Bostock - $30 - "Good luck for the ride"
Grace Glover - $50 - "Good on you Dave and all the supporters"
Claire Ewart-Kennedy - $500 - "Darling Barb, Mads and Lachie, what a keeper that David is! I am looking forward to the celebration afterwards. There are no words for how much we admire and adore you all. This donation is in lieu of presents to the adults in the Kennedy family for Xmas 2016. Helen, Paul, Mary, Daniel, Steph, Charlie, Steph, Laura, Alex, John, Lisa, Michael, Penny, Bernard, Naomi - Thank you and with love Claire, Alistair, Lachlan, Amelia and Fergus and the team at Winning Edge Presentations."
Michael Eardley - $100 - "What a fantastic effort and good luck"
Kathleen Vassallo - $50 - "Wishing you a safe and speedy ride David, and thanks for raising awareness on this disease"
Donna Robb - $50 - "Go David"
Joanne Key - $50 - "Great cause, good luck with the ride"
Debra Maiden - $50 - "Good luck, remember the padded seat"
Paul Dervan - $50 - "I'm sure you will look good in lycra, good luck with the ride"
Warren Maillard - $100 - "You have always been a pain in the a....., now sweet revenge"
Annika Field - $50 - "Great cause, good luck"
Michael Falzon - $150 - "All the best for the ride David, a great cause"
Maurice Gatto = $200 - "Hi mate, all the best with the challenge, I'm sure Lachie is proud of you."
Michael Roberts - $200 - "All the best. On the uphills, just think of the downhills"
Susan Watts - $500 - "Amazing effort David, I will be there to cheer you over the finish line! We are blessed to have you in our family."
Michelle McCallum - $100 - "Good luck David"
Penelope Brooks - $50 - "Good Luck Banners"
Elizabeth Berwick - $200 - "Love your work Davey boy! Glad to know you'll be riding in style (with the yellow specs). Lots of love to my Melb fam, especially the sneaky Nedster xx"
Emma Whiting - $50 - "Best of luck David."
Annie Hall - $100 - "Good luck David, I don't envy you on those hills!"
Liza Dickson - $500 - "Tremendous effort Davo. Home made chips at the end of it for you. With our love for you all, particularly the little man. Shant, Earl and Lize."
Neil Murray/Willis Towers Watson - $278
Heather Law - $300 - "All the best for a great ride and a fantastic appeal."
Lauren Owide - $25 - "For my beautiful work mate Sue and the gorgeous nephew she speaks about and loves so much. Great cause, go hard !!!!"
Brian Cluley - $200 - "Hope it goes well in Tassie, great cause."
Robyn Ackland - $100 - "David, you are one amazing man? Oh yes and don;t forget the 'vaseline' lol xx"
Susan Middlemiss - $50 - "Ride like the wind David ! Great commitment for an incredible you man - Lachie and cause"
Fi & David Howell - $150 - "Enormous effort David, our best wishes"
Moreen Dainty - $100 - "I feel your pain but what a great cause! Good on you for doing this. Hope the ride is not too painful."
Robyn Ward - $50 - "Great effort David such a great cause, all the best."
Peter Matthewson - $100 - "Touched by Lachie"
Cathy McLorinan - $100 - "Best wishes for the ride David."
Richard McSephney - $500 - "Good Luck! No photos of the lycra please."
Trudy Francis - $100 - "Love your work David, I hope you going to invest in a pair of those jelly bottom lycras."
Helen Hall - $500 - "Fantastic !!"
Daniel Morrison - $100 - "Good luck David, great effort for a worthy cause."
CHUBB Insurance - $1000 - "From all of us at CHUBB best of luck in the saddle and congratulations on your personal contribution to this worthy cause."
Joy Caldow - $500 - "I wish you luck David as I am sure you will achieve your goal, and Lockie will be so proud of you for your continued support and will be there at the finish line."
Anonymous - $2,500 - "Dear David, Wishing you the very best. God bless you in your efforts and Lachie, Barb and you and your family in your journey ahead."
Athina Samaras - $50
Cath Maddison - $250 - " Your stepson Lachie is a true hero, we wish you every success with the ride! Cath and Rob (Andrews cousin)"
William Rosen - $100 - "Davo - both you and the cause are amazing."
Mary Kerr - $150 - "Great cause, best wishes for the trip David."
Anonymous - $1500 - "DB, Trust you are fighting fit for the challenge and well done for taking it on! DC"
Kathleen Smith - $50 - " All the best David, thank you for allowing us to support you in this for Lachie. May your journey be memorable, aches, pains, joys, laughs, and at the end, Big Smile!!! Much love from Perth WA xxx"
Matthew Fleming - $50
Rosanne Blumberg - $50 - "Good luck David. Great cause."
Gary Reichenberg - $50 - "#loveyourwork"
Susan Goldberg - $50 - "Well Done. Good Luck."
Bianca Curwood - $100 - "Good luck David! Inspirational effort. love Richie, Bianca, Zac & Annie xx"
Sarah-Jane Mead - $10 - "Every kilometer counts! Just keep pedaling!"
David Brando - $100 - "Good luck Banners. Fantastic cause. Keep an eye out for those Tassie devils."
Yondette Larsen - $50 - "What an inspirational adventure. Enjoy every moment, including the pain. We look forward to hearing about it via Helen. From June & Yondette."
CT Connections - $90
Grace Foley - $20 - "A very worthy cause!"
Debbie Aslam - $100 - "Wishing you all every success!!"
Nick Vandeligt - $50
Anna Anastasiou - $50 - "Good luck David"
Richard Brosnan - $50 - "Good luck!"
Nick Biggs - $25 - "Good luck to David & Lachie."
Dina Halkic - $150 - "Good Luck David! What a wonderful and touching story - Lachlan you are an inspiration to so many such a beautiful smile."
Karen Greiser - $100 - "Good luck David."
Paul Kolatchew - $50 - "Good riding!"
Patrick O'Donovan - $50 - "Fantastic effort David, Best of luck to you and Lachie."
Helen Bannerman - $500 - "To the best brother any sister could ask for! Your an inspiration and were all so proud of what you are about to embark on for our Lachie and the DMD foundation! XXX"
James Cassar - $100 - "Great Cause David!!! Good Luck and I know you will do well."
David Rowell - $100 - "Good luck mate. (you'll need it !!)"
Anonymous - $100
Anne Calleja - $50 - "Lachie what an amazing, brave young man you are. Well done David, all the best!"
Wayne Excell - $100 - "Great effort David... Good luck for the ride around Tasy!"
Grace Toso - $50 - "Go David!"
Sally Herring - $150 - "I have never in my life come across a family that is as strong, hilarious and loving as Lachie's, and you are all an absolutely inspiration - Lachie's courage as well his cheekiness is well represented by his amazing stepdad and I know you will rock this immense journey David! I'm proud to know you all x"
Colleen Madden - $200 - "Good luck David I am sure it will be an amazing ride. Love to all the family. Coll, Liam, Rory and Sean. xx"
Bonnie Herring - $50 - "My sister sally pointed me to your cause - all the best with your ride!"
Freya Rodway - $40 - "adore you, jester xo"
Stephen Ford - $1000 - "Ha'way Lad"
Anne Nelson - $100 - " Good luck David - awesome effort! (Anne Jacobi)"
Paul Falkenstein - $200 - "All the best for the ride David. Great cause and a beautiful thing to did for Lauchie. Lynaire & Paul"
Julie Paxton - $200 - "Love your work."
Debra Eustice - $10 - "Good luck David, great effort!"
Sue Sallmann - $50 - "Good Luck"
Pina Azzaro - $50
Linda Cohen - $25 - "I am a work colleague of Sue, this is amazing David, wow best of luck."
Jim Hondrakis - $50
Tammy Ebert - $100 - "We very much look forward to meeting you one day Lachie - tell your mum she's a slacko. All the best with the challenge David, we look forward to meeting you too."
Vivienne Jose - $50 - "I really admire your dedication & commitment. How lucky Lachie is to have you in his life!"
David Hanger - $100 - "Best of luck."
Philippa Bannerman - $100 - "Good for you my lovely cousin. What a handsome fellow you're doing it for!"
Graeme Berwick - $500 - "Make Dennis proud!"
Joanna Vile - $100 - "Good luck Dave Wardo, great job for a great cause."
Mark Eardley - $500 - "Well done David awesome effort! From the Eardley's!"
Gayle McClure - $100 - "Best wishes on your ride David, fantastic effort, and great support to Lachie and his family."
Kristine Clark - $50 - "Good luck David!"
Paul Colbert - $50 - "All the best David to what is a great cause."
Willis Towers Watson - $2855
Amy Wasbutzki - $20 - "Good Luck. Very inspiring."
Alex Tarantino - $200 - "Go Banners go!, look forward to hearing how it goes."
Willis Towers Watson - $4375
QBE - $10,000
Andrea Muller - $100 - "An amazing effort. A great cause."
Philp Houlihan - $100 - "Enjoy Tassie"
Anonymous - $200 - "Best of luck for the bike ride from Jack's grand parents in Dorset UK"
Rachael Fabbro - $200 - "You are amazing David. What an inspirational step-father and Mentor for Lachie & Maddie. Hope the ride is not too much of a pain in the arse and we look forward to plenty of wine and your hilarious stories on the other side xxx"
Glen Coutinho - $50 - " Great cause, good luck!"
ALLAN VERSTANDIG - $50
Juan Florez - $50 - "Well done David, what a warrior! All the best."
Lachlan Hayes - $50 - "Keep up the good work David! Helen is keeping me posted on your progress - you should feel proud!"
Jo Klingbeil - $250 - "Have a fantastic ride David. Big hugs from all of us to you all. The Klingbeils xxxx"
Anonymous - $500
Raelene Curwood - $200 - "Supporting you all the way David."
Arthur Filopoulos - $100 - "Good luck David!!!"
Suzana Zammir - $100 - " Well done David! Hope you are having a nice time in Tassie Lachie! Xxx"
Karen Paton - $200 - "Amazing effort, David! Hope Barb has brushed up on her massage skills..."
Anonymous - $20
Natalie Valentine - $25
Trent Williams - $100 - "Sorry I am late."
Carina Martin - $50 - "Great effort David - the very best from the Martin family"
Richard Oliver - $1000
Tom Hughes - $50 - "Well done DDB! Great achievement for a fantastic cause."