Next week George Barrett is relocating to New Ireland, PNG, to take up a position as Health Coordinator for six months. He’s moving from Manly with his wife and daughter.
While there he has another important role to undertake and that’s leading the Pedal4PNG bike ride from Namatanai to Kavieng in May 2018.
George said “he’s all for it!” when asked how he feels about the ride. He’s no stranger to outdoor pursuits and is often competing in sporting challenges. However, George was keen to point out that this ride won’t require any competitive spirit, just a willingness to enjoy the surroundings and appreciate the stops.
“While there’ll be a set amount of terrain to cover each day, the crew won’t be racing. Although the terrain is very flat and the traffic light, the challenge will likely be the temperatures. That’s why we’ve planned to ride outside of the hottest times of the day, with the middle of the day reserved for lunch, visiting the local hospital, health centres and aid posts, or sightseeing,” shared George.
George said as a fundraising project it highlights the work that ADI does in PNG and showcases the specific impact ADI is having across New Ireland. As a rider you’ll appreciate how ADI works with the PNG Provincial Health team and also local faith based providers. You’ll see up close how the local population lives and where there is need for improvement. George admits it will be “an eye opener for me too”.
Aside from his passion for sports, George’s background in project coordination makes him a great choice to lead the group. He sees his role as one to keep the group’s spirits high, make sure everyone is supported, and generally look out for everyone. It’s what comes naturally to him.
George said: “To be part of a guided ride in this part of the world is quite rare. Riders will get to experience one of the best sceneries in the world, including pristine coral reefs and fresh water rivers, and a unique culture. More importantly, they’ll contribute directly to the economy of New Ireland and make a difference to the healthcare of local communities, which is why this ride came about”.
So if you want to get a sneak peek of the scenery just view this clip of New Ireland.
But if you want to experience the scenery and make a contribution first hand, then join us on the ride of a lifetime and PEDAL4PNG.