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Financial planning community backs Future2 cycling fundraiser

Raising $100,000 for disadvantaged young Australians!

The financial planning community is getting behind Future2’s flagship fundraiser, the Wheel Classic. The event aims to raise over $100,000 to bring new opportunity and hope to socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians.

Financial planners from around Australia have expressed their interest, keen to test their mettle over nine days and to help Future2 raise funds. So far, 12 have committed to ride the full distance, over nine days, including FPA members who are riding the Wheel Classic for the third or fourth time. The Wheel Classic arrives in Brisbane for the start of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) Professionals Congress.

For a fourth consecutive year, AMP has taken up the opportunity to be Gold Partner to the Wheel Classic, a challenging 1,100 km cycle ride from Sydney to Brisbane (10 -18 November 2015).

Matrix Planning Solutions and the Financial Planning Association are Silver Partners. Matrix has supported the Wheel Classic since its inception in 2010. Its latest commitment is for three years to 2017.

Future2 Chair Steve Helmich thanked AMP for its continuing support of the Wheel Classic, recognising “the immense contribution made by many AMP employees and authorised representatives to Future2 fundraising over the years.”

AMP Financial Planning and Hillross Managing Director, Michael Guggenheimer said: “Our ongoing partnership with the Future2 Wheel Classic is invaluable in helping drive support for financially disadvantaged young Australians.

“Financial advisers play an important role in helping their local communities to prosper and grow, and this event provides a good opportunity for our advisers to get involved in the fundraising or support riders along the route,” he said.

The route takes cyclists to centres including Maitland, Gloucester, Armidale, Warwick and Toowoomba. In Armidale, they will meet two not for profits that have received Future2 grants. BackTrack Youth Works has a program that offers training and job experience on the land to Aboriginal and other youth. Beyond Empathy reconnects and empowers young people through the arts.

The Wheel Classic events held since 2009 have raised a total of over $460,000 after expenses. Routes have included Bourke to Sydney (2010 and 2011), Sydney to Melbourne (2012), Melbourne to Sydney (2013) and Melbourne to Adelaide (2014).

To register, or make a donation in support of a cyclist, visit