THE Echuca man riding 16,000km across Australia to raise awareness for organ donation has reached the Northern Territory.
Phillip Rosenow is riding his 13-year-old motorbike from Cockle Creek, the most southern part of Tasmania via Alice Springs to the top of Cape Yorke in north Queensland.
Battling the elements in Tasmania, Phil stumbled across the making of a bushranger feature film, Nightingale on the road to Russell Falls.
Returning to the mainland having travelled through the scenic southern state, Phil was greeted straight off the boat by fellow Echuca locals who had come to join the Melbourne ‘ride along’ section of his journey.
Using his Facebook page ‘Be a Hero, DonateLife. Motorbike Ride’ to provide updates on his journey, Phil planned sections to be ‘ride along’ areas where anyone can ride with him in Hobart, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide Hills, Alice Springs, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra.
‘‘It was great to see them supporting my effort and the cause of Organ Donation,’’ he said.
Among the joining riders were others who were the recipient of transplants themselves.
Iconic Australian landmarks such as the Flinders Rangers, Uluru, Kings Canyon, and the Devil’s Marbles were being ticked off along the journey, with Phil’s gear already so well used his boots were literally falling apart.
Currently Phil has just left Alice Springs and said he wouldn’t have been able to experience this adventure if not for his little Hero, Jack, who donated his kidney.
On his birthday 11 years ago Phillip received a kidney transplant from his hero, a nine-year-old boy known only as ‘Jack’, whose death gave him the gift of life with a new kidney.
‘‘To me he still lives on and I get to take him on these sorts of adventures of a life time, something I wouldn’t have been able to do without his truly wonderful gift,’’ Phil said.
‘‘The people I have met continue to amaze me with their generosity, like the pilot who took me for a flight over Lake Eyre and the owners of hotels and motels who offer me a room to stay in instead of me having to stay in my small tent.’’
The Riv will continue to follow Phil’s journey.
If you want to donate to Phil’s journey simply go to https://www.mycause.com.au/page/144767/be-a-hero-donate-life
For more information on how to become an organ donor visit http://www.donatelife.gov.au/