Valla Beach local Darren Squibb is planning a massive cycling marathon, not for glory or accolades but because he wants to bring awareness to a good cause.
“The purpose of my “No Sea No Me, No Tree No Me” tour is two-fold. One to draw attention to the plight of our oceans, and secondly to bring attention to our ever-diminishing native forests,” Mr Squibb said.
“Marine plastic, shark nets, upcoming Japanese whaling in the Antarctic, marine pollution, unsustainable fishing are all devastating our oceans.
Mr Squibb believes there is no time to waste and is willing to risk his physical well being to help raise awareness of these issues.
“The time to act is now, I haven't done a big ride like this in a while, so it could be tough, but desperate times call for desperate measures.”
The wires member will start his journey will begin at Cape Byron at 9:30am on Sunday, December 9 where he will depart for the Lismore Koala Sanctuary where he intends to meet staff and see rescued Koalas in care.
“My wife Rosie and I are Nambucca Valley WIRES volunteers, so Koalas and the sanctuary's fantastic work are dear to me.”
He will then make his way down the coast stopping at Evans Head, Yamba Headland, Woolgoolga Headland, South Solitary Island Marine Park, Coffs Jetty, Bonville Headland and Hungry Head before finally finishing at the Valla Beach Headland.
“Every great journey starts with a first step, or in this case a pedal revolution.”
“The whole ride will be done from December 9 to 12, when I’m done, I will have travelled roughly 360km. As I cycle down the coast, I will endeavour to talk to as many people as possible, while handing out information and stickers.”
The now-retired Valla Beach local has always loved the environment and does whatever he can to protect it.
“I have an issue with rubbish.”
“I grew up as the lighthouse keepers son, so I was always involved in the ocean, I was on my own for most of the time, with pets and watching the dolphins. Then I joined the boy scouts, and my respect for nature grew, along with my passion. That was where the seeds were sown.”
Mr Squibb ultimately has one goal in mind with his cycling tour and hopes that people will listen.
“I’m worried for the young people who will have to live in this world for years to come.”
“I don’t consider myself a greenie; this isn't a political statement, my only goal is to save the earth for future generations.”
“I just want my cycling tour to raise public awareness in some small way, and I hope it's not too late to protect our precious oceans, animals and forests, because once they're gone, they are gone forever.”