REIQ Business Development Manager John McSpedden has put his body on the line for charity and will be the oldest entrant, at 69 years, to cycle 535kms in five days through Thailand as part of the Digital Live Ride 2020 charity event, raising funds for disadvantaged orphans.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said it was an extraordinary challenge but very much in keeping with John’s personality.
“This is an incredible challenge for any fit human being, let alone for someone who will turn 70 soon,” she said. “John is a big-hearted, generous person and this does not surprise me one bit but that does not take away from the enormously difficult physical undertaking this is,” she said.
“Riding 535kms in five days requires fitness, endurance and determination and knowing John as I do, that describes him to a T.
“I congratulate John on his nomination and the REIQ is proud to donate $1000 to the cause.”
The ride will be a physical and mental test for the 69-year-old, who currently does not even own a bicycle.
“I haven’t ridden a bike since I was a teenager and this challenge will be the equivalent of riding from Brisbane to Coolangatta every day for five days!” Mr McSpedden said.
A father who has raised six children, John said he was motivated to give back following a successful 25-year career in real estate.
“The real estate profession has been very good to me, provided for my family and given me a comfortable living. And while I’ve donated to charity regularly, I haven’t given of my time and my heart,” he said.
“When (Digital Live Ride founder) Steve Carroll told me about the experience I immediately wanted in. What a wonderful opportunity, biking through the stunning scenery of Thailand and meeting the children at the end of the ride who will directly benefit from my efforts,” he said.
Mr McSpedden said he was currently researching the right bike and equipment to buy and readying himself for a strict training regime before the event in February 2020.
“It’s going to be physically demanding and I’m looking forward to testing myself,” he said. “I want to push the boundaries and see how I go.”
John’s goal is $5000. To donate please visit Bit.ly/REIQCharity.