MS Brissie To The Bay Goes Virtual

by Samantha MacKenzie

Today is World MS Day, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you all a little information on the upcoming Brissie To The Bay Bike Ride. This year has changed a lot of things – so the ride has gone virtual.

This year’s MS Brissie to the Bay has taken on an exciting new format in its 30th year to adhere to COVID-19 crowd restrictions; it’s going virtual with the “MS Brissie to the Bay – 30 for 30 Challenge”.

The iconic annual MS Brissie to the Bay, which in previous years welcomed over 5,000 riders to cycle from South Brisbane to the Redlands, has changed gears this year to allow riders to take part in the challenge either at home on a stationary exercise bike, or safely outside.

Fact: The first Brissie To The Bay in 1990 had only 80 riders.
It’s amazing to know how far they’ve come from then.

The new format invites riders to set their own distance and fundraising goals to achieve across 30 days in June, to celebrate 30 years of the MS Brissie to the Bay.

Team Jenny

Funds raised will support Queenslanders living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.

MS Queensland Executive General Manager of Fundraising and Marketing Dan Lalor said this new challenge for 2020 would inspire some creative thinking on how to people can clock their kms, indoors or outside.

“For 30 years MS Queensland’s Brissie to the Bay has invited people to jump on their bikes to raise funds to ensure people living with MS and other neurological conditions don’t face it alone,” Dan said.

“This year, due to COVID-19, we aren’t able to ride together as a community, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop fighting against MS.

“This format will allow participants some interesting ways to clock their distance, whether that be cycling in their own time safely outside, or even challenging work colleagues or classmates to cycling challenges at home via Zoom. With virtual backgrounds they can imagine they’re somewhere else in the world, perhaps evening switching out Redland Bay for another bay.

Riding in MS Brissie to the Bay
Riding from South Brisbane to the Bay

“One of the longest distances a participant has set as their goal is 3,000km – that’s longer than the distance from Brisbane to New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, and just under half the distance from Brisbane to Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam.”

When MS Queensland launched MS Brissie to the Bay in its original form in February, it had record-breaking registrations of more than 6,000 people, and refreshingly, many long-term riders have embraced the virtual event.

“Our community needs our support every day, and during this time of global pandemic, they need us even more,” Dan said.

“MS Queensland, which has supported the community for more than 60 years, is flexible to be able to adapt and manage challenging circumstances, with the wellbeing of our community a continued focus.”

MS Queensland hopes to raise $1.1 million to support the essential services delivered by MS Queensland. This includes service coordination, physiotherapy and exercise therapy, psychology, nursing support, as well as contributing to MS research to look for better treatments and ultimately a cure for the condition.

People can register for the virtual MS Brissie to the Bay as either individuals or teams at www.brissietothebay.com.au, while also donating via the platform.

To ride in the “30 for 30 Challenge” sign up and create your dashboard and then:

  1. Set your distance goal and link your fitness app to your dashboard
  2. Set your fundraising goal
  3. Log your KMs during June
  4. And along the way, make sure you share your efforts and encourage people to support you!

About MS Brissie to the Bay

The MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride exists to raise funds to support the increasing number of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), which affects more young people than any other chronic progressive neurological disease. The average age of an MS diagnosis is 30, with three women diagnosed for every male diagnosis.

More than 10 Australians are diagnosed with MS every week. Today, more than 25,600 Australians including nearly 4,000 Queenslanders live with MS. With no known cause or cure and symptoms varying significantly between those diagnosed, MS can be an invisible disease.

teams at the MS brissie to the bay

With limited funding for the extensive support services provided by MS Queensland, we rely heavily on dedicated individuals to get involved and help raise much-needed funding to provide vital services across Queensland and help search for a cure.

About MS Queensland

For the past 60 years, MS Queensland has provided high-quality care and support to Queenslanders living with MS and other neurological conditions. As the only Queensland provider with specialised services dedicated to supporting people living with MS, wellbeing is at the heart of everything the organisation does. For more information on MS Queensland or to donate, visit www.msqld.org.au.

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