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Raise funds for young Australians by supporting 2019 Future2 Wheel Classic and Hiking Challenge

The Future2 Foundation (Future2), the philanthropic arm of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), is calling for riders and hikers to join them on two different outdoor adventures exploring Victoria’s mountains and coastline this November.


Open to financial planners and guests, the 2019 Future2 Wheel Classic and Hiking Challenge raises funds for Future2’s Make the Difference! Grant program that supports community initiatives for young disadvantaged Australians experiencing social, physical or financial hardship.


Celebrating its 10th year, the 2019 Wheel Classic will cover 819km with riders setting off from Melbourne’s Federation Square on 22 November. The riders will travel through the Daylesford Ranges and down to Apollo Bay. The group will ride the famous Amy Gillett Fondo route before cycling the Great Ocean Road and looping back to Melbourne.


Along the way, the riders will have the chance to meet some of the organisations and young people whose lives have been positively impacted by Future2’s grant support, and to experience at first-hand how they’ve made a difference to young people in need.


While training is required for those planning to participate in the Future2 Wheel Classic, the average daily distance of 100km and average speed of 20km/h make the challenge quite doable for the moderately fit. Riders can opt for a 3, 4 or 6-day ride.


Those who prefer to explore nature on foot can opt for the Hiking Challenge in the Grampians Mountains Ranges from 23 November. The hikers will cover around 25km over two-full days (plus travel time from Melbourne to Hall’s Gap and return) to take in the wild beauty of the diverse landscape.


Riders will take on the challenge of each raising $1500, while the hikers will each aim to raise $1200 to support Future2’s Make the Difference! Grant program.


Every year Future2 provides several grants to grassroots organisations. The grants are open to not-for-profits around Australia that provide opportunities for under 25s to develop learning and leadership skills, receive mentoring, participate in remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence, and take part in independent living projects that help address social exclusion and homelessness.


Future2 Chair, Petra Churcher AFP® said: “Future2 is all about making a meaningful difference to the lives of young Australians, who, through circumstances, often at no fault of their own, have fallen on difficult times. These young people are our future, and they are important to our future as a society”.


Since its foundation in 2007, Future2 has provided over $1 million in grants to grassroots organisations around Australia. In 2018, Future2 provided $160,000 in grants to 16 organisations across Australia plus an additional $26,000 special drought relief grants to support young people in rural and regional Australia affected by drought.


For the second year, MLC Wealth is gold sponsor of the 2019 Wheel Classic and Future2 Hiking Challenge. Geoff Rogers from MLC Wealth will be participating in this year’s event as well as other staff from around the business. MLC Wealth is committed to supporting the community and advisers, and is proud to be part of an event like this which helps raise money for people doing it tough, and helping to bring the financial industry together.


In addition to its generous support of Future2’s 2019 challenges, MLC Wealth is also gold sponsor of the annual Future2 Celebration which takes place on 28 November 2019 at St Kilda Sea Baths.


IRESS is silver sponsor and Pickles is sponsor of the support vehicle of the 2019 Wheel Classic.


Click on the links to register and find out more about the Future2 Wheel Classic and the Future2 Hiking Challenge.


Click on the links to book your tickets and find out more about the Future2 Celebration.