Jabra A/NZ managing director, David Piggott, is participating in the 2015 TourXOZ Black Dog Institute’s Adelaide to Darwin Industry Cycle Ride (via Uluru) to raise $250,000 for Black Dog Institute research.
The cycle runs from October 3 to October 10 and Piggott personally aims to raise $3500 for the cause. Piggott will be cycling 150Km a day (3563Km in total) with 49 other riders to raise funds for charity.
The focus of the ride is to raise funds in assisting the mental challenges faced by aboriginal communities around Australia.
“What Tour de Cure does for Cancer is what TourXOz does for mental health. The Black Dog Institute is a wonderful charity dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through high quality translational research, clinical expertise and national education programs,” Piggott said.
Piggott said he chose to support the cause as with three children about to start high school, he is concerned by the pressures young people are experiencing – and it includes pressures that did not exist during his childhood.
He claimed the rise of teenage suicide, making it now the second- biggest killer of teenagers in Australia, needs to be addressed.
Piggott also mentioned his support for the cause is a result of a personal experience.
“Close friends of mine lost their teenage boy to suicide when he could not cope with the pressure of coming out with his homosexuality. This could have been avoided if friends and family better understood the signs of the depression and could act to help,” he said.
In his attempts at raising funds, he also indicated that he has been hassling his friends and colleagues for donations and hopes the IT industry and business representatives that he works with step forward and support him in his cause.
“Please donate, share and support me and other executives in this exciting event to assist important research into the mental health challenges faced by Aboriginal Communities around Australia,” he added.
At the time of publication, Piggott managed to raise $2420.Read more: SAP Australia launches Autism at Work Industry supporters can donate to the cause through the TourXOZ page or via Piggott’s fundraising appeal.
UPDATED 14/10/15: The collective amount raised to date for the Black Dog Institute is $343,099.51, ahead of the $250,000 they intended to raise.