Riding to support farmers

Joash will take his passion in bike riding to raise money for drought stricken farmers.

By Brendan Rees

When teachers told then four-year old Josh last year about how Aussie farmers were battling the drought he knew he wanted to do something to help.

Josh’s mum Lyndall Fokkens said while he was at Berwick Kindergarten he was “very keen to do something to raise money for the farmers.”

With his passion for bike riding Lyndall encouraged Josh to do a ‘Bike-A-Thon’ at the bike track on Avebury Drive in Berwick on Tuesday 22 January with all money raised going towards the Drought Angels.

“He loves riding and he loves the bike track so we thought let’s just drum up a little bit of interest,” she said.

“We just wrote out an invitation we gave around to friends at Christmas and family members.”

Josh, now 5, will ride as many laps as possible within 90 minutes. He has also invited some friends to come and ride alongside him.

“My husband and I will be sponsoring his friends for the laps they ride,” Lyndall said.

Josh is so passionate about supporting farmers that he even asked his friends to donate to the drought relief rather than buy presents on his birthday last November.

“He’s got a very soft heart and I’m very encouraged by his interest in the world around him,” Lyndall said.

“He loves his bikes so much. It was a very natural extension to do something with his riding for Drought Angels.”


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