Melbourne-Sydney route chosen for Future2’s cycling fundraiser


Future2 Wheel Classic

A 1230 km route from Melbourne to Sydney has been chosen for the 2013 AMP Financial Planning Future2 Wheel Classic – the foundation’s annual cycling fundraiser. 

AMP Financial Planning is Gold Partner for the second year.  Interest is high among would-be Wheel Classic cyclists in the financial planning community.

Future2 aims to raise raise at least as much as last year’s record $140,000, over two thirds of which was from individual donations in support of the cyclists.  The money raised brings new opportunity and hope to disadvantaged young Australians through Future2’s Make the Difference! Grants which are made to community not-for-profits.

The 9-day cycle ride from Melbourne to Sydney, will take in Canberra and the regional centres of Bendigo, Shepparton, Wodonga, Jindabyne and Wollongong.  The ride starts in Melbourne on Saturday 5 October and finishes in Sydney on Sunday 13 October.

Future2 Wheel Classic – 2013 Sydney to Melbourne route














“We’re excited to be supporting the Future2 Wheel Classic again this year.  It’s a fantastic event and raises funds for a great cause,“ AMP Financial Planning Managing Director Michael Guggenheimer said.

“More than just fundraising, the ride creates awareness of the great work financial planners do in their local communities every day, helping Australians from all walks of life plan for a better financial future.”

Ray Griffin, Future2 trustee and three-time Wheel Classic veteran, says:  “Participation in the Wheel Classic demands mental and physical stamina – and training. Days 5 and 6, when we cycle over the Snowy Mountains, will be particularly demanding. 

“The cyclists who commit their time and energies to training and cycling in the Wheel Classic are not only making an important philanthropic contribution, they are fostering widespread respect and trust in the financial advice profession.  We applaud their efforts, and the individuals and businesses that have the vision to support them with donations and sponsorship”, he adds.

Cyclists wishing to join the fundraising effort will be able to register online from mid February.  Early expressions of interest can be made at (click on the Cycle the Wheel Classic button).

Once registered, cyclists set up individual fundraising pages powered by Everyday Hero.  Each cyclist commits to raising at least $500 for Future2.  Those who meet higher fundraising targets may opt for a refund of their registration fee.

“The Wheel Classic is a perfect opportunity for financial advice businesses to step up to some friendly rivalry, as well as to demonstrate their spirit of philanthropy”, Ray Griffin says.  

Teams of four or more cyclists may participate and the one that raises most will be awarded the Wheel Classic Team Shield.

Sponsorship packages are available on request.

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