Ray Chamberlain, Co-Founder, The Chamberlain Foundation

“I have chosen to embark on the challenge of cycling 600+ km’s from Docklands Stadium in Melbourne through the heart of regional Victoria and back home to Melbourne”.

The Razor ride is a signature event of the Chamberlain Foundation, which I started with my brothers Peter and Brian to raise awareness and funds for organisations supporting people battling mental illness.

My personal commitment to this cause emerged from my own experiences and exposure to mental illness and its various guises. Over this last five years, too many people close to me have fallen foul of the effects of mental illness.

Walking out the front door of a private mental health clinic leaving a close family member, who is visibly scared, to undertake their ‘reset’ is a moment that will never leave me. Fielding a call from my brother crying uncontrollably trying to inform me that his best mate had taken his own life has left an indelible mark. Hearing the challenges that my best man faces every day and how his battle takes its toll is galling.

However, witnessing the collective bravery of people close to me struggling with the effects of mental illness on their lives I have been exposed to their honesty and educated by their experiences and this has been as equally enriching and uplifting. They provide me with authentic perspective. They have also shown me that there is great hope. That there is light and laughter and that every day is a fabulous opportunity.