Retiree Paul Lambe (pictured) has had a rich and varied career. At the age of 63 he still wants to push the boundaries and take on fresh challenges. All his life he has thrived helping people and the positive feeling it gives him.
“I get a great feeling knowing I’m helping people. I get a huge buzz from it,” he said.
To keep the ‘buzz’ going, Mr Lambe is participating in CyclePower 2015, made possible by a grant from the Commission for Mission’s responsible travel program, Uniting Journeys. He will be travelling to Laos in June to fight the stigma faced by people with disability and to raise money for the Laos Disabled People’s Association.
Uniting Journeys project worker Jim Wakelam said the decision to support the Hand Cycle tour with Uniting Journeys was a unique opportunity.
“When we were going through the grant process we were really inspired by this idea.
“To see Australians working cooperatively with communities overseas is what our programs are all about really,” Mr Wakelam said.
In Laos, a country where disability is often the source of family shame, Australian wheelchair athletes and Cambodian members of the Laos Wheelchair Basketball project will hand cycle 500 kilometres from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, in a positive demonstration of the strength and spirit of people with disability.
Paul will be cycling 500km over eight days with 12 other riders, six who have a disability and will be riding with hand cycles. He knows it will be hard work, but he can hardly wait to tackle the hills.
There are still two places open to join CyclePower 2015. For information on how to sign up to CyclePower, email Karla Wignall at Disability Sport & Recreation, Karla@dsr.org.au or to donate go to Paul’s fundraising page at https://dsrcyclepower.everydayhero.com/au/paul-lambe.