August in the Top End is always awesome!
I thought I’d share some of the amazing awesomeness that the Dunn family get up to at this time of year …
You probably know that our whole family is bonkers about bike riding.
What’s really special, is when you’re riding for a close-to-your-heart cause.
Earlier this month, it was a pleasure to welcome an inspiring young man to Darwin and into our home.
Jack Totino, began his bike ride around Australia (including Tasmania) on February 26th, 2017 to raise awareness and funds for The Cure For MND Foundation. His valiant ride is motivated by his friend Saverino’s father, John, who lost a 3 year battle with Motor Neurone Disease in 2014.
At the time of reaching Darwin, Jack had raised $45,000 for the foundation Fight MND. We were delighted to be able to put him up while he took a few days of well deserved of rest in Darwin.
Check out his Facebook page and if you’d like to support him and this important cause too, you’ll find the details here.
Top End Gran Fondo
On the 20th we’ll be taking to our bikes too, to join this competition for the first time as a family.
Gran Fondo, which means “big endurance”, is a tradition in the Italian cycling world and in the Top End this an annual event on the Australian cycling calendar.
We’re pretty excited to be participating and to have the chance to ride through some of our stunning NT landscape.
We’ll be needing to slip on our Slappa’s after this long-distance bike challenge!
You can still register if you’re quick.
Tour de Timor
We’ll also be sending over our Slappa’s for the Tour de Timor five day race.
There are about 50 riders from Darwin registered and Roger (aka my husband) will be representing Team Slappa’s and proudly distributing approximately 600 pairs of FREE Slappa’s to the Timorese people.
Definitely going to need some thong therapy for that one!
The race mission statement is “Timor-Leste-ASEAN Peace Bridge” – another great cause, I reckon.
There’ll be racers from every ASEAN nation, including us Aussies, in Timor next month.
Slappa’s Slappa’s Slappa’s, Oi Oi Oi!
If biking isn’t your thing, then maybe we’ll see you at this fantastic 18-day festival.
Another chance for us Territorians to show off the spirit of the NT in a celebration of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret, delicious food and drink stalls, with free performances Festival Park.
Did you know that this annual event started up due to Cyclone Tracy’s devastation of Darwin Christmas Eve 1974?
Things were so bad in the aftermath that abandoning the city was a real possibility. Thankfully, enough Territorians had the grit to rebuild Darwin. Now that’s worth a huge festive celebration, isn’t it?
Whatever you’re up to this month, remember …