Noosa to Byron ride raises $ for ASD

The ACE Gran Fondo team is hoping to raise $50,000 this year.

Griffith University’s Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) is gearing up for another community-led bike ride from Noosa to Byron Bay.

The ACE Gran Fondo charity from July 31-3 August covers some of the best cycling roads in the area including the Noosa hinterland and Tamborine Mountain.

ACE Director Professor Jacqueline Roberts, Director said this year the riders’ hoped to raise $50,000.

“The 2014 ride saw 17 community members raise more than $30,000 for ACE. This money has directly funded research and a series of workshops across Queensland and Tasmania,” she said.

World Autism Day is on April 2. This day helps raise awareness of autism throughout global communities. The ACE Gran Fondo ride is doing its bit to help raise awareness of ASD in our own part of the world.

“Our main goal is to help children with autism succeed at school. This means parents and schools working together. At ACE, we offer workshops that give parents the knowledge and confidence to advocate for their children.”

The ACE Gran Fondo ride is again co-ordinated by Glenn Williams, whose son Mitchell was diagnosed with autism at aged four. After his wife Rayelene was inspired by an ACE seminar, Glenn decided to organise the ACE Gran Fondo ride.

“Rayelene and I wanted to do something to help benefit other families in Queensland and the money raised from the ACE Gran Fondo ride will go some way towards providing this assistance.”

The ACE Gran Fondo team is looking for more riders.

To register or donate click here.