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24/10/19

Bob Simpson Riding Against PTSD

Bob Simpson, brother of CBC’s Group Operations Manager, Josh Ryan, has finished an enormous 4,000km, 28 day, trans-continental ride from Perth, WA to the Southern Highlands in NSW, raising funds to help Police with PTSD through the Quest For Life Foundation.


CBC’s Josh Ryan and Son, with Brother Bob Simpson

The Quest for Life Foundation was established in 1989 by Petrea King. Up until 1995 the Foundation was based in Sydney where it hosted hundreds of support and meditation groups for people living with cancer, grief, AIDS, depression, anxiety and other traumas as well as teaching programs. In 1995, Petrea and the work of Quest for Life moved to Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW.

Bob’s long and arduous journey commenced on the 10th of September, with spirits high and full of determination, Bob has continued on, day in, day out, averaging over 140km per day, in varying weather conditions including mid-30 degree heat to heavy downpours of rain, averaging over 6 hours a day on the bike along barren roadways, through the various country towns of Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

“Three cheers for Bobby” cried out as he crossed the rainbow streamers strewn across the finish line at the Bundanoon Quest for Life Foundation, in front of a gathered crowd of friends, family and supporters of Bob’s cause.

Bob’s efforts have garnered great support from fellow Police Officers and other members of the public, seeing the total donations raised to date just under $40,000.00.

Bob is a medically retired NSW Police Officer. From 1996 to 2014, he served the State with honour before falling victim to the horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His personal journey has been devastating to himself, his family and to so many other former and currently serving Police Officers.

Police encounter traumatic events on a daily basis. They experience trauma that regular citizens rarely encounter. It’s highly likely most people would know someone who is or was a police officer. Chances are, if they’ve been in the job for more than a few years, they’re already suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.

PTSD is a debilitating injury that can manifest itself in so many ways. Generally, major anxiety, chronic hyper vigilance and depression are the most common manifestations – these are life changing.

CBC is proud to support such a worthy cause and has been behind Bob every step of the way – with CBC’s Projects Director, Richard Greedy, Group Facilities Manager Adam Bristow, Brother and Group Operations Manager Josh Ryan, Group WHSEQ Manager, Peter Calder, Contract Administrator, Jodie Murrell and Project Manager, Adam Greedy all riding in tow with Bob on the last day of his ride, helping to celebrate his well-deserved success at the finish line.

Help support Bob in his Ride Against PTSD by visiting https://www.rideagainstptsd.com/

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