Riding 100km to raise $1000 in the Vales

Finished: Tom Terry crosses the 100 kilometre line.

Finished: Tom Terry crosses the 100 kilometre line.

Plenty of people have ridden 100km on a bike before, but how many 15-year-olds have first built their own bike and then ridden 100 kilometres for charity? Well local student Tom Terry has done just that.

The Middle School Captain at Tatachilla Lutheran College set his sites on this project as part of his Year 9 'Specialness Project' which is part of the Middle School curriculum.

In the Specialness Project students are required to make something of interest and serve the community with it. For Tom, he decided he would build a bike and ride 100km on it in a day, all while aiming to raise $1000 for Heart Kids Australia.

Part of Tom's reason for choosing Heart Kids Australia as his charity to donate to was due to his own condition Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, which in his own description means his heart can beat out of control with little to no warning.

Success: Tom Terry third from left being presented with a cheque from Bendigo Bank.

Success: Tom Terry third from left being presented with a cheque from Bendigo Bank.

On the day he chose to ride, Tom was fortunate enough to receive great weather and was delighted to be able to complete the challenge on his new bike.

At the time this article was written Tom had managed to raise $811.27 and aims to lift this to $1,000, he thanked his major sponsors PSW Uniforms and Bendigo Bank for their contribution and generosity towards his project.