BT Future2 Wheel Classic: financial planners get on their bikes for charity


2011 BT Future2 Wheel Classic opens for registrations


A former Chair of the FPA and one of the leading lawyers to the financial services industry are in training to cycle 1250km from Bourke to Sydney (7-16 September 2011).  Their target is to raise $100,000 – funds that will give a second chance to some of Australia’s most disadvantaged young people.

Ray Griffin and Peter Bobbin are challenging other financial planners, their colleagues and friends, to join them on the 10-day ride, or a section of it, or to get together a team to compete in the Wheel Classic Prologue on 4 September in Sydney.

“The generosity of corporate sponsors has got our fundraising off to a great start”, said Peter Bobbin, Future2 trustee and Principal, Argyle Lawyers.  “Now we’re looking to the wider financial planning community to do their bit – either by cycling with us, or by sponsoring an individual cyclist or a team.”

All funds raised will go to Future2, the foundation of the Australian financial planning profession, whose grants program has gifted over $150,000 to charities and not for profit bodies working at the grassroots to transform young lives at risk through social exclusion and financial disadvantage.

The inaugural BT Future2 Wheel Classic in 2010 raised $88,000 through a combination of sponsorship, fundraising events and individual donations.

“We’re confident that there’s enough generosity of spirit out there to enable us to reach – and exceed – our target”, said Ray Griffin, a keen amateur cyclist and former Certified Financial Planner professional.

“I was inspired by my father, Jack, who followed the same route in 1955 on the Daily Telegraph-sponsored Bourke to Sydney tour”, Griffin added.  “Much of the road then was rough and untarred;  today the road conditions are very different and we face the added challenge of taking time out of busy lives to do something that’s going to be a force for good.”

BT Future2 Wheel Classic 2011 – Options for cyclists

Wheel Classic Prologue

Morning of Sunday 4 September. Team- based  individual  time trials – approximately 2 km on a closed Sydney circuit

Bourke to Sydney

Wednesday 7 – Friday 16 September (1250 km)

Orange to Sydney

Monday 12 – Friday 16 September (503 km)

‘Executive Stage’, Orange to Cowra

Monday 12 September (103 km)

Home run’ executive leg

Friday 16 September (25 km +). Five  laps of Centennial Park and on to the finish line in Martin Place, Sydney

Click to register for the ride, or support a rider

or click for more information about the BT Future2 Wheel Classic 2011

About Future2: Future2, the foundation of the Australian financial planning profession, exists to support the financially under-privileged and to enable the financial planning profession and associated stakeholders to give back to the community from which they draw their livelihoods.  Grants of some $150,000 have been committed to grassroots organizations, giving hope for a better future to many disadvantaged young Australians.

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