Wheel to Walk rolls out next week

Wheel to Walk: Sarah Arnold and Charles Brice are teaming up for a huge fundraiser for spinal cord research.

Wheel to Walk: Sarah Arnold and Charles Brice are teaming up for a huge fundraiser for spinal cord research.

It's just days before former Naracoorte resident Charles Brice and a group of friends, family and supporters begin a 300km charity ride from Paruna to Adelaide.

The ride will be a gruelling physical and emotional challenge as it retraces the route that Charles took after he was involved in a devastating motorbike accident that left him a quadriplegic.

Next Wednesday, more than nine years after the crash, Charles will be hitting the road alongside 20 riders in the hopes of raising $100,000 for spinal cord research.

The charity ride idea came from Charles's friend Sarah Arnold who said the event was the culmination of years of thinking and talking about ways they could help support spinal cord injury.

"When the accident happened, I hadn't really known anyone who had been in that situation, and from day one something inside me said that I needed to do something," Sarah said.

They decided to address the wider issue of helping people to walk again, and specifically decided on the Wings for Life spinal cord research foundation.

Now, just a few days out from the ride, Sarah said all the riders are anxiously waiting to get out there and get started.

"The countdown is on," she said. "We're flat-out organising but ready to go and keen to get it underway."

The ride will go from October 16 to 19 and initially mirror the route Charles took in an ambulance ride from Paruna to Loxton.

From there, he was airlifted to Adelaide, and so riders will continue on to Swan Reach, Tanunda and finally Adelaide.

The large riding group is made up of about seven people from Naracoorte as well as others from the Riverland, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Charles, who has been training hard in the lead-up to the event, will be riding his handcycle.

Together, Charles and Sarah and their supporters have already raised over $60,000 for the cause and they are optimistic they can reach their goal of $100,000.

In Loxton, on the first stop off of their journey, the group will have a charity night at the Loxton Hotel including guest speaker Tim Ginever and a fundraising auction.

Anyone interested in donating can visit www.wheeltowalk.com.au or follow the Wheel to Walk Facebook for more information.