Alaa Alboarab

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My target 100 kms

WE DID IT!

THANK YOU  to every single person who donated, every donation counts, as does your support in raising awareness about Autism; creating a more inclusive world where nobody on the spectrum is left behind. 

Facts: 
Cycling goal:  100km
Achievement: 154km
Fundraising goal: $500
Achievement: $600
What that means is -WE SMASHED IT :D 

Your contribution has helped in raising over $270,000 for autism. More than 1000 people  got on their bike to cycle, and it sure has been a humbling experience to be part of it. 

For more information about where the funds are going and about ASPECT (Autism Spectrum Australia); head to https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/

Final thoughts: 
I challenged myself to get involved with this initiative, and will continue to embrace opportunities like this in the future. and strongly encourage anyone reading this to do the same. It's been a great physical challenge as well as fulfilling from a social contribution perspective. It has reminded me of the generosity of people and the collective desire and warm hope to create a more inclusive world for those of us who aren't 'neurotypical'. 

Life is short; being comfortable only gets you so far, why not take life further and get a little uncomfortable.. after all; it's in the unknown where the magic happens. 

MUCH LOVE, 
Alaa 

Another day -another ride #forAutism

Hello!
It felt like a blessing to be out and about in Melbourne doing 'exercise' today.  I enjoyed listening to an audio book as I cruised through my regular track; whenever I listen to audiobooks and cycle I can't seem to speed.. I like it take it slow and steady. 

Anyway, this week I've learned a bit about Autism in girls; and how it  is often overlooked as most studies have been conducted on boys, and that girls tend to present differently.  If you're interested to learn more, here's a fruitful article:  https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-20/high-functioning-autism-why-many-women-are-undiagnosed/8727540?pfmredir=sm

This book looks like a great read too: http://www.tonyattwood.com.au/about-aspergers/girls-and-women-who-have-aspergers
(I will try to find it on audible and listen to it on my next ride) 

What a great week it has been so far, will keep you posted as we near the finish line! 

Until next time, adios amigos (: 

Woah -Almost there!


Today I had some time so I made the effort to cycle into the CBD! What a ride; I'm learning to embrace hills, improving my endurance, and the motivation to cycle 100km for such a great cause has well and truly kept me on my feet , or in this case ‘on my wheels’ 😆

Did 33kms today -woohoo ✅😄

"If you wait for the perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done"

With horrible winter weather and a hectic schedule, I only got to cycle once this week. Today  I didn't let the weather stop me,  I felt determined to take my bike out despite the horrendous RAIN. With the ride for autism starting tomorrow  -I needed to get some much needed training in before the big 100km! 

Anyway, this may random.. but -Ice baths for wellbeing -craziest trend right? (that's what I used to think too). But after riding through the rain today -I think I get it; the thrill and freedom I felt while riding through the rain truly out-weighted the discomfort. Such a great feeling! 

What's also a great feeling is seeing that we are 4$ of 500$!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who have contributed to my ride and to this cause! It's you who have made this ride count and without each of your sponsorships we wouldn't be at our goal before the ride itself. Amazing input and support :D 

Wish me luck, we've got this -I hope! :D  








Practicing for next week!!

Today I went for a 14km ride x2 with this little one!

 While the ride was amazing,  because I was with my toddler it meant constantly checking in, reciting the "very hungry caterpillar " story on repeat  and stopping to play in the grass. As much as I just wanted to cycle, having to wear my mum hat (or helmet in this case) meant showing extra care and taking the ride slow.
This made made me reflect on what it might be like to be responsible for a child with autism, and the extra challenges that may come with that -different challenges -as I've recently learned that each child with autism is unique and totally different from another child with autism.  "if you meet one child with autism, it means you've only met one child with autism" -a quote I stumbled across on my IG feed today. 

A wonderful ride, tracked on STRAVA and my first update.
Practicing for my 100km next week!!  

Thanks so much for your support, so proud of everyone who donated, and it's thanks to each of your contributions that we are at $376 now -half way mark already!! So grateful! 

P.s started at the gym 2 days ago and can’t feel my legs, hope I’ll feel better by next week .. 100kms aren’t going to be easy but it’s your support and doing it for this great cause that’ll push me through! 

Until next time 🚲

Who I’m riding for..

I’m not riding for anyone in particular, I’m riding for everyone!

I’m riding for autism to help create a world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left behind. 

Before working in the education space with high school students, I had little knowledge about autism. Being exposed to, and working one-on-one with students on the autism-spectrum has increased my awareness and insight of what it actually looks like and may feel like to live with a brain that’s wired a little differently from the 'norm'.

People on the spectrum see, hear, feel and experience the world differently. For many, simply coping with the everyday can lead to confusion, anxiety and isolation. 

An estimated 1 in every 70 people is on the spectrum. Along with their family members this means autism is a part of daily life for over a million Australians.

 I've set my challenge to 100km and I'll be riding from Sunday 5th - 12th July while raising much needed funds to support people on the autism spectrum.

By uniting and taking action, we can help provide opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to participate, engage and thrive in the world around them.

Help make my ride count and show your support by donating today! Every donation counts :)

My Achievements

Added Profile Picture

Shared Fundraising Page

First Donation

Halfway to Fundraising Goal

Fundraising Goal Reached

Reached KM Goal

Thank you to my Sponsors

$104.40

Zahra & Yaser

You're inspiring! Thank you for doing this!

$100

Tarik & Duaa

Very inspiring!

$52.20

Alaa Alboarab

$52.20

Sahera Al-boarab

Well done Alaa

$52.20

T.c

Great initiative, great work and a great effort from you!! You've done incredibly well and it's been a joy to watch your progress throughout this great cause. Keep up the riding and keep up all the positivity you put out there with it!

$52.20

Fatz

$31.32

Anonymous

$26.10

David Webb

$26.10

F M

Go Alz 🎉🎉

$26.10

Anushka And Ali

So proud of you

$20.88

Julian Pearce

Ride safe Alaa!

$20.88

Halina Porecki

$10.44

Solange Detragiache

$10.44

Anonymous

$10

Claire Edwards

Great cause Alaa! Well done and keep it up. Cheers, Claire

$5.22

Anonymous