Joshua Goyne | Barry’s Army Tour de Stroke

Charity rider: Joshua Goyne

Hi, my name is Joshua Goyne; I’m 17 years old and live in Canberra.

I’m writing to you today to ask for your support to assist with fund raising and to promote stroke awareness. On the 26th of September 2015 I will be starting a ride of over 2000km from Westside Park, Acton in Canberra, to my late grandfather’s farm on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I founded the Barry’s Army Ride in honour of my late grandfather Grandad Barry; who, after suffering his 5th stroke was paralysed from the chest down requiring around the clock care and putting strain on our close family and friends. Sadly Barry passed away in 2014, shortly after his 6th stroke.
I founded the charity ‘Barry’s Army Stroke Support and Awareness’ to provide stroke ward’s with vital lifesaving equipment, help rehabilitate stroke victims and more importantly raise awareness of stroke.
Did you know?
  • Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer after coronary heart disease and a leading cause of disability.
  • 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. These people are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter, son, partner, mother, father… friend. Behind the numbers are real lives.
  • In 2014 about 51,000 Australians will suffer a new or recurrent stroke – that is 1000 strokes every week or one stroke every 10 minutes.
  • In 2012 there were nearly130,000 or 30% of stroke survivors under the age of 65 in the community. [In 2014 there were over 420,000 people living with the effects of stroke and 30% of these people were of working age.
  • In 2014 there were over 437,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to 709,000 in 2032.
  • Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
  • 65% of those living with stroke also suffer a disability that impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.
  • In 2012, the total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated to be $5 billion.
  • The estimate of $49.3 billion in burden of disease costs for stroke is comparable to the $41 billion burden of disease costs that Deloitte Access Economics estimated for anxiety and depression in 2010

  • This year I’ll be undertaking my third big stroke awareness ride, which will provide a sponsorship opportunity with major media coverage and a fundraising goal of over $30,000. This will be my hardest ride to date with this mammoth journey honouring my late grandfather Barry Graham and every other stroke victim and survivors.
    In order to reach my fundraising goal, I would greatly appreciate if you would consider being part of the riding and support teams or would consider supporting my fundraiser. Any support through either donating money, providing accommodation, advertising/PR, holding a fundraiser or sponsoring equipment for either a raffle or the ride i.e. a bike, safety gear, riding jerseys, first aid kit, go pro to live stream the ride for my family and supporters to watch. Supporters & Sponsors can be advertised and promoted on riding kit, shirts, media pages, support vehicles and in interviews.

    Any form of support would be greatly appreciated and most welcomed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Warm regards,
    Joshua Goyne
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 0447 906 100

    The 2015 Ride Route (2000km)

    Day 1: Canberra to Goulburn (102km)

    Day 2: Goulburn to Nowra (142km)

    Day 3: Nowra to Wollongong (88.6km)

    Day 4: Wollongong to Bondi beach (129km)

    Day 5: Bondi Beach to Gosford (129km)

    Day 6: Gosford to Newcastle (89.1km)

    Day 7: Newcastle to Muswellbrook (125km)

    Day 8: Muswellbrook to Tamworth (156km)

    Day 9: Tamworth to Walcha (90.2km)

    Day10: Walcha to Port Macquarie (183km)

    Day 11: Port Maquarie to Coffs Harbour (175km)

    Day 12: Coffs Harbour to Casino (186km)

    Day 13: Casino to Palm Beach (146km)

    Day 14: Palm Beach to Brisbane (153km)

    Day 15: Brisbane to Peachester (Grandad’s farm) (115km)