Financial planners rise to a 1200 km, $100,000 challenge


Six weeks out from the start of the AMP Future2 Wheel Classic, 37 cyclists from or linked with the financial planning profession are in training for a ride that will take them from Sydney to Melbourne, over the Snowy Mountains, from 15-23 September.

The riders are motivated by both personal challenge and genuine desire to give back to their communities. Their goal is to raise $100,000, which will enable Future2 to give more grants to community organisations that are giving hope for a better future to disadvantaged young Australians.

Each cyclist has set up an online fundraising page and is seeking the support of friends, family, colleagues and anyone who wants to recognise their herculean effort and selfless dedication to a great cause.

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This year the AMP Future2 Wheel Classic has six times the number of cyclists registered and they have already raised more than $25,000. The annual fundraising event has attracted sponsorship from AMP Financial Planning (Gold Partner), Matrix Planning Solutions (Silver Partner).

As well as corporate and individual sponsorship, adviser-client seminars in Canberra and Bendigo will boost fundraising. Future2 trustee and leading financial services lawyer Peter Bobbin will deliver the seminars on wealth creation, preservation and distribution on 17 September in Canberra and 21 September in Bendigo – as well as cycling 1200km!

“The Wheel Classic sets a gold standard for innovative fundraising by a professional community,” said Steve Helmich, Chair of Future2 and AMP Director of Financial Planning, Advice and Services.

“The AMP Future2 Wheel Classic is a journey for the financial planning profession as a whole – not just those cycling in the event. It demonstrates the move towards professionalism for financial planners, reflected also in their long-standing commitment to helping others.

As the ride makes its way from Sydney to Melbourne via Bundanoon, Canberra, Jindabyne, Corryong, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Bendigo and Castlemaine, we will take that message into every community.”

3 August 2012

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