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Financial planners work up a sweat to exceed target for disadvantaged young Australians


A charity bike ride involving 20 financial planners and other financial services professionals from all over Australia leaves Parliament House for Sydney today in an effort to raise funds for disadvantaged young Australians in the ninth annual Wheel Classic fundraiser for the Future2 Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).

Over $1 million has been committed by Future2 in grants to not-for-profit organisations and programs making a lasting difference to young people’s lives since the foundation was established on the initiative of FPA members in 2007. The annual Wheel Classic and Future2 Hiking Challenge are popular ways financial planners go the extra mile, or in this case the extra 1,000kms in eight days, to lend their personal and physical support each year, making a positive difference to young people’s lives.

Almost 1,000kms will be covered over eight-days of riding — rain, hail or shine — from Canberra to Sydney.  Twenty financial planners on bikes plus support crew head into the spectacular Snowy Mountains to stop overnight in Cooma and Jindabyne before winding down the South Coast to Merimbula. Riders then pedal north through Narooma, Batemans Bay and Wollongong before finishing at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney before the opening of the 2018 FPA Professionals Congress on 21 November.

Additionally, sixteen Future2 hikers will set off on 19 November for a two-day 45km expedition across the challenging terrain and beauty of the famous Six Foot Track and Megalong Valley.

MLC is a gold sponsor of this year’s Wheel Classic and Future2 Hiking Challenge.  MLC General Manager, Wealth Distribution, Geoff Rogers will participate in the Wheel Classic.  FPA member Rosa Velkovski CFP®, Strategic Account Manager, and Sally Winter, Marketing & Events Associate, NAB Wealth Distribution are participating in the 2018 Blue Mountains Hiking Challenge.  MLC staff are also joining in to raise funds for Future2.

Netwealth, IRESS, and Pickles are also sponsors of the 2018 Wheel Classic.

“We are grateful to our sponsors, and for the deeply personal and physical investment individual FPA members make in the annual Wheel Classic, and the Blue Mountains Hiking Challenge, to contribute to creating a better future for others,” says CEO of the FPA, Dante De Gori, CFP®.

Wheel Classic riders aim to raise $1,500 each to directly support Future2’s Make the Difference! Grant program.  Hikers aim to raise $1,200 each.