MICHAEL Young is aiming to live up to his name, with a cancer research fundraising effort which could make him the youngest person ever to cycle around Australia.
Michael, 18, called briefly through Gympie this week, in company with his support driver Glenn Walker.
And although he says some things about the journey are still in early stage panic, a lot of things, including the dollars, are starting to fall into place.
“We left Brisbane yesterday morning,” he said on Monday, with that night’s camp set up at the Matilda Roadhouse. With Tiaro the next stop, he said he was doing the trip to raise money for the Cancer Council of Queensland.
“I’m aiming to raise $250,000.
“We’ve had sponsors for all my gear and some people have donated lots of money.
“I had a breakfast function on Sunday in Brisbane and raised $1300,” he said.
“Telstra has supported us with phones and phone calls to keep us in communication while I ride and Glenn goes ahead to organise camping.”
“We stay in as many free places as possible,” Glenn said.
“We’re still getting it together at the moment. It’s been a hectic couple of days.
“When Mick does this, he will be the youngest person ever to cycle around Australia.”
Michael is riding a carbon fibre framed road bike, with a trailer for his tent, sleeping mat, clothes for the day and food and water.
“We got the bike from the Yellow Jersey bike shop in Ipswich. We got about $7000 worth of gear for about $3000,” Michael said.
“Michael’s had to meet the up front costs himself at this stage, so donations are important,” Glenn said.
People wanting to donate can look up the website ‘cyclearoundaustralia.com’ and read the latest on the journey.