Cycling across the country isn’t something everyone is ready – or willing – to do.
However, Compassion Australia correspondent and participant in this year’s edition compassion race from Perth to Newcastle Nellie Logan is training hard to achieve this.
This will be his second year riding for a cause of Compassion, but his first coast-to-coast ride.
“Personally it will be a challenge and an adventure, I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s a challenge for myself,” Ms Logan said.
Undertaking the 4,200km feat over a month-long period, Ms Logan will have to cover an average of 150km per day, which she says will not only be her biggest physical challenge, but also mental and spiritual.
“When I first signed up, there was a lot of prayer because I had had health issues before and I wasn’t sure I could do it,” she said.
“The Lord gave me the verse from Luke ‘For with God nothing shall be impossible’ and I thought that would be OK, he gives me the thumbs up. So it’s been a journey of faith for me too,” she said.
The ride will support the work of Compassion, which Ms. Logan has been an advocate for since 2006, having written more than 900 letters to children in developing countries to date.
Ms. Logan has sponsored children since 2006 and has written over 900 letters to children in developing countries. “I am so blessed by the letters I receive from them…”
“I believe in the cause and I believe their programs work and are very effective in lifting children out of poverty,” she said.
In 2015 Ms Logan was invited by a local businessman, who sponsors many children, to start writing letters.
Looking for something that had a purpose at the time, Ms. Logan thought this was the perfect job for her.
“I am so blessed with the letters I receive from them; they tell me how much they love me and how much they appreciate the sponsorship…it’s really heartwarming and quite powerful. I feel very blessed and honored to be able to do this,” Ms Logan said.
She responds to letters based on the age of the child, adding encouragement to older children who are studying.
“[I let] let them know that i pray for them and am proud of them and give them bible verses to encourage them to let them know that they are loved and appreciated…it is a very important thing to stand up for the children we sponsor,” she said. .
“[I let] let them know that I am praying for them and proud of them and giving them Bible verses to encourage them to let them know they are loved and appreciated,” – Nellie Logan, Compassion Ride participant from Perth to Newcastle
The trip begins on September 17 and ends on October 19.
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