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Against the Wind fundraising bicycle ride

2 September 2020

Graham Smith, the former manager of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), had been planning to retire from the ARLF in June.

His exit plan was simple. With a couple of friends, he was going to cycle tour self-supported from Canberra to Perth in April. The 4000km bicycle ride was intended to be a fundraising ride for an ARLP scholarship.

COVID-19 has changed the plan.

For safety and logistical reasons, the ride has been postponed until Autumn 2021. It will go ahead if the COVID-19 situation is safe and practically feasible by April 2021.  Graham is still aiming to fund-raise a scholarship for the ARLP with the Canberra to Perth ride in 2021.

In the meantime, Graham is continuing to work part-time at the ARLF and is assisting with a range of program development projects as the ARLF’s programs are adapted to suit the changing COVID-19 context.