Daniel Fitzgerald

Help me create a mentally healthier world

My Updates

My name is Daniel Fitzgerald and I want to share my story.

Thursday 26th May

I'm a long time sufferer and didn't realise how bad i was until a mate from Omeo, Whelan,  tragically committed suicide in 2019.

My mate Jimmy and his wife Hannah, flew me over to be with them during this tough time and to attend Whelan's funeral.

It was while attending the funeral watching loved ones share stories of his life that made me realise the ripple effect that suicide has.

18 years ago i was involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of my great mate Tim who was basically a brother.

I didn't deal with his passing at the time and shut my feelings away. Four years went by when cracks started to surface.

The demons that have haunted me since that day, became to what i thought was normal life.

A few years ago the demons knocked me down into a deep dark hole that i couldn't climb out of.

After certain events that landed me in hospital, i had to reach out and seek the help i required.

Among other steps, my sister found me a therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which was created for PTSD sufferers.

It worked for me and absolutely changed my life.

To show the positive change in my life, in memory of Whelan and to raise awareness & money for the Black Dog foundation, followed by my support crew led by Jamie Symonds,

i'm cycling from Esperance, Western Australia to Omeo, Victoria.

Its almost 3,000kms and will take 3 weeks to complete.

The support from various businesses has been incredible and i thank you all so much.

I'm hoping this ride can also inspire those who have challenging situations going on in their life, to reach out and seek help.

There is so much support around and so many different therapies that may help.

Talk to your friends, families, neighbours, anyone and get help and know that you arent alone.

Thanks to my wife sarah and my 3 kids for the support through my training and always.

Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to this event in any way and the support of me getting better.

I embrace this challenge, the biggest of my life and look forward to seeing many of you at the finish, which is the Golden Age Hotel in Omeo on October 1st, 2022.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Anonymous

Good Job mate. Whelan was a great bloke

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Ter

Your doing an amazing job mate wheels would be so humbled ❤️

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Cassilis Constructions Pty Ltd

Well done mate for showing the courage to share your story 🙏

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Nada

Great going Danny. Be safe and takecare

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Carrolls Kelpies

That gets you over the $15,000 hurdle buddy, love what you guys are doing you make me so proud, keep Wheelin! Go Fitzy

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Nada Kozic

Keep going strong, Danny your doing a great job and your support team are a legend

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Mat Ellam Family

You little beauty, keep it up mate. Riding strong for a wonderful cause. You’re a absolute superstar. Sorry we can’t there to support you in person, but know that we’re always thinking of ya from over the ditch. Massive love xxxx

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Dianne Clive Anderson

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Abe Woolfrey

Wish you well on your Journey Legend!

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Grinters Transport

So proud of what you are doing Danny and Crew! Keep wheelin! See you at the end 😊👍

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Lawlor Family

Goes to show what true friendship is all about. Terrific effort from you Danny and all your wonderful support crew! X

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Al Gabb

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Joe Lundy

Great job uncle fitz keep your chin up, and we know you'll smash it out. From Phill, Jess, Michelle and uncle asshole.

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Coolcut Earthworks

Legend mate! Good luck with the ride, stay safe 🤘🏼

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Ben White

See you at the finish line mate.

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Gary Peterson

Good on you mate

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Milan Klauz

Good luck Danny, you are INCREDIBLE and doing an AMAZING thing. We are cheering you on! Uncle Milan and Aunty Sue

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Rick, Manda, Phoebe, Zoe & Zac Crisp

You Danny are amazing, selfless and truly inspiring! We’re so lucky to call you family and we’re behind you all the way xx

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Roofus Tools Pty Ltd

Well done Dani! We are hugely proud of you and what you are doing. Big congratulations and a medal for your courage is deserved.

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Louis Schwab Rural Contracting

Good job Daniel Keep Wheelin 👍🏼

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Richard Price

Thanks mate! Go hard.

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David Paech

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Kelvin& Jackie

Well done Danny to you and your amazing team.

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Maria And Neil Mcphail

We're with you in spirit Danny. Good luck. Maria and Neil

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Kel Crisp

Well done Danny, shinning a light on an important subject. In memory of Whelan, a childhood mate. Amazing effort by you and your crew.

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Plowman Family

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Hannah Klauz

You're incredible Danny! Good luck! Have fun! You've got this.

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My Better Life

We at My Better Life are thrilled to support you in this incredible journey. All the best Daniel.

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Dan & Steph Connley

Awesome job fitzy! Keep on pedalling mate.

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Ah Sam Family Omeo

We are enjoying watching your journey & the funnies, you are truely inspiring, Chrz Trace, Bren & Co xxx

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Neil Armstrong

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David Kerr

Great fund raiser. We thank you for your tremendous contribution.

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Kyla White

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Jenna Moore

You are phenomenal!!!!!

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Hill/nourse

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David Goodwin

Good on you Daniel!

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Tania Maxwell

Great work Danny, we need more people like you who commit to making a difference and shine a light on this insidious disease. Mental health is so debilitating and it can be hard for people to understand the impacts. All the best and safe Wheelin.....

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Lisa, Greg, Danny & Erin Lee

Reach out to someone when you most need help. Good luck Daniel.

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John Fitzgerald

Very proud of you Danny Great way of helping others in there time of need. Looking forward to supporting you along the way. See you at Berri. I will have a tow rope ready to pull you up the Meg. Lol. Love Dad.

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Tim Liston

Super effort. You should be immensely proud. Well Done to yourself and entire crew. What a worthy cause.

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John And Sharon

Go Danny! Safe travels. Love John and Sharon x

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Rebecca Jelic

Beyond proud of you cuzzy! Never give up and never forget how loved you are! Xx

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Megan And Brian Ellam

Goodluck!!

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Daniel & Bobbie

Good luck Danny. Awesome effort mate, we are proud of you and can't wait to see your adventure unfold. love ya!

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Russ Foster

Awesome mate. Top effort. 👍👍👍😊

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Bukovsan Family

Tremendous effort for a great cause!

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Fred Durst

Keep on Rollin' baby Love zak, Kelly, Rory & talla

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Damien Piro

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Trish, Jason And Ted

Well done Danny and good luck.

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The Olde Country Kitchen

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Marcus Hill

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Wiggs Enterprises Pty Ltd

Safe journey Fitzy! Keep pushing! Love the Wiggers

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T J

Massive effort mate. Your grit, determination and fortitude is inspirational. Thanks for being a shining light, you’ve lifted my spirits today…. and the bike ride across Australia is impressive too

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Mick & Loz Cole

What an absolute superstar you are Fitzy!! Keep on wheelin mate! We can’t wait to see you at the finish line.

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Anonymous

Truly Inspirational 👏 🚴

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Ryan Goddard

Fitzy Side by side to fight the fight. Your a legend Googs

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Stacey Arnold

Onya Fitzy, a top effort for a worthy cause close to so many people’s hearts. You are truly awesome!.

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Shannon Jeffers

Smash it 🤩 very proud of you x

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Susan Sainsbury

Good luck great cause stay safe

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Anonymous

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Shellena Johnson

You are doing amazing Just keep Wheelin 🚲

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Corryn Mair

Thankyou for sharing your experience. Providing advice, support and wanting to help, even those you have never met.

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Kristie Murden

Met you at the Penong General Store today. after I cried into my scrambled eggs 🤣 Suicide is too close to too many people in this country. Thank you & your team for doing your bit ✌🏻

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Carl Napier

All the best on your journey Daniel. Stay safe and strong, all the best with your endeavours. Absolute champion.

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Anonymous

Love your work, doing a great job, proud of your strength and determination.

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Leonie Brady

Great effort. Well done.

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Perry Anthony

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John Spencer

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Nada Kozic

All the best for your journey. Love Nada ❤️

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Shane Fitzgerald

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Daniel Yeap

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Omeo Motel

Well Done Daniels Safe Travels

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Rob Jeffers

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Kelly Claridge

What a adventure this is going to be daniel,and for a great cause !!!

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The Battens

Good on ya Fitzy. Great intro video mate.

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Nathan White

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Robert Wood

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Kristie Van Beem

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Anonymous

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Havin

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Georgia Carruthers

Incredible commitment Danny and team. Love watching videos.

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Stef Suckling

You’re amazing and doing this for such a good cause. Looking forward to following your journey and hopefully catch up for a beer soon x

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Murray Dore

Well Done Daniel.Good Luck.

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The Olynyk’s

Very proud of you Danny! Such an amazing cause you’re committing to. We’re supporting you all the way x

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Leah Griffiths

You got this Danny!

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Sandra Dalton

Your doing and awesome job for a great cause!

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Annie Klauz

I’m proud of you Brutha! ❤️

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Graham Snape

Best of luck legend !!

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Brendan White

Top work Fitzy!

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Catherine Oldenburger

Hi Danny, great job and oh my you have gone way over your goal. Hopefully will be there on October 1st. Keep on wheelin.

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Anonymous

Bloody great work Fitz man.

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Susan, Xavier & Ellen Hill

Good luck with then journey Danny!! we will see you in Omeo xx

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Jess And Mark Evans

Fitzy we are so proud of you!!! Well done mate xoxo

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Luke & Anita Dyer

An inspiration. You should be enormously proud of raising awareness for such a worthy cause, not to mention the mental and physical feat of the ride itself.

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Todd & Kyllie Gilmour

You should be so proud of your efforts! Keep on wheelin’

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David Mccoy

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Cassie, Jeremy And Riley

So amazing cuz and thanks for reminding us all that anything is possible xx You got this!

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Peter Matthews

Great work mate, see you Saturday

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Gus & Sandra Crisp

Have a safe trip Danny

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Kim And Maree White

All the best Danny

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Nic & Jono X

Such a good effort - well done!!!!

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Ann Bryant

Unbelievable effort Dani a true Aussie inspiration & legend. All so proud of you 👏

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Sarah & Wayne Trinder

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Denise Spencer

Well done Daniel. Thank you for having a heart for Mental Health. And putting your heart into doing this bike ride. God Bless you.

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Brian Smith

Good luck Danny give it your best shot mate .Brian and Maree Smith

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Gary Hunt

Amazing what you're doing mate, Good luck on the ride.

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Jenny Wilcox

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Dott Ward

Sending good luck all the way from Scotland. From Dott (and the family). 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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Carol Johnson

Fitzy, you are an inspiration to so many! Keep on Wheelan and we’ll see you in Omeo.

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Tammy Murray

Keep up the good work little brother! We are so proud of you!! Love you to the moon and back!xxxxxxx

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Anonymous

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Helen And Mark Kent

You are an inspiration Danny! Good luck with your ride. Wishing you safe travels. Our thoughts will be with you the whole way xxx Mark and Helen

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Sharlee & Tim Cavill

Good on you Danny

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Helen Cribb

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Chris Vella

Just a fantastic thing you’re doing mate. Keep pushing

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Kerry & Kym Matthews

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Nona-louise Mckinnon

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Molly Lawlor

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Barb

Good luck , thinking of you on your big loooiog ride

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Dave Scriven

Get wheelin Danny Fitz. Well done pal. Much love Scrivens

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Sandy Blease

What a fantastic way to promote and raise money for mental health Danny. Your an amazing man. Good luck and blessings on your journey. Sandy

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Brendan Lampkin

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Mr Ben Le Feuvre

Great work mate well done!! Fantastic cause and amazing effort by yourself and team! GO THE BOMBERS!!

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Levina (faithfull) Cridge

What an inspiration you are Danny! Hope the ride goes well! Although I don’t know you personally, I grew up with your mum and dad, who I’m sure are very proud of what a wonderful young man you have become. Take care and I’ll try and catch you when you hit Yarrawonga xo

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Faye Giannini ( Ward )

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Bernadette Smith

All The Best.. Glad its you riding all that way & not me!!!!!!

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Wendy Yarram

May the wind always be behind you on this one. Ride safely, an amazing tribute to Whelan

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Katrina Bush

Keep on Wheeling!

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David Murray

Great effort Daniel. David & Lois

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Anonymous

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Felicity Wozniuk

Keep Wheelin Danny. Proud of ya.

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Kieran Carson

Go brother well done Kieran

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Shannon Repard

You're doing amazing! We are all watching on, so proud of you and everything you stand for. xx

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Renee Rossi

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Peter Binns

Well done

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Renee & Nick Taylor

Best of luck for your journey. Thank you for sharing your story and helping creating awareness for others.

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Josie Anderson

Well done Daniel keep up the awesome effort

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Alison Baker

I know the physical and mental toll a challenge such as this can have on the mind and body. Not just during the even, but afterwards. So please please be there for each other in the months to come. Xx

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Dani Mant

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Shirley Fitzgerald

This is from Sarah at work! You’re doing an awesome job

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Noel & Kerry Rooney

Great work Danny& crew 😀👍

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Natalie & Aaron

Amazing effort Fitzy!

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Penne Richards

Congratulations Danny, you are doing such an amazing ride and for a great cause.

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Shirley Fitzgerald

This was actually from Faye

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Margie & Shane Tobin

Fantastic effort Daniel!!

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Brendan, Kel And Kiddies

Keep up the great work mate, absolutely inspiring stuff!

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Brooke Gatt

A bit late to the donation party, but cheering you on one Facebook post at a time. Incredible effort and achievement!

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Robyn Sandy

Congratulations, Danny and team. You’re nearly there! Brilliant work!

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Graham Gardiner

Wonderful work you guys are doing, love seeing your feeds, keep safe and keep having fun. Great team effort.

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Daniel Fitzgerald

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Simon Spencer

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Ryan, Nicola, Eli & Kira Kau

On ya Fitz, much respect from us all. Get er done mate.

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Tammy Murray

Super super proud of you little brother! Best of luck on the ride, will be waiting to give you a huge hug at the finish line!

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Dave Rudd

Secretly heading over for a coaching interview I’ve heard - good luck!!

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Anonymous

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Sue Centra

What a lovely tribute to Whelan and others that suffer in silence. It’s a credit to you.

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Sean And Kelly Ryan

Go you little legend

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M Liston

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Arlene & Don

So proud of you Fitzy. Your desire to help others through your efforts and great strength will inspire others to do the same. You are a leader ❤️

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Adam P

Nice 1 Fitz! All the best for the trip!

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Andy Crommelin

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Dianne Bowtell

Great cause Danny, Gary and I are very proud of you 👍 👏

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Kirsty

Well Done You are a true inspiration. What you are doing is amazing you should be so proud. 😊

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Claire Bingham-sims

Inspirational Daniel 👏🏻 You are doing us all proud. Mental health is always a hard subject to talk about, and sharing your story is hard but necessary for others to know to seek help when they need it. Keep up the great work!

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Clare & Tyron Marshall

Well done Danny and family. Great cause and thanks for sharing your story to help others xx

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Dee Crosby

A great interview on ABC Gippsland this morning inspired me to donate. Such an emotional story and a great cause. Go Daniel.

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Sarahcare - Community Nursing Done Differently

You are an inspiration to all Daniel, good luck & congratulations on making the journey & raising such important awareness. Go well & be proud 💪

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Melinda Ransom

Great cause! More needs to be done.

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Janis Ellam

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Anonymous

Well done on your awesome work Daniel, all the best for your big ride!

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Claire Sandy

Incredible! All the best

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Lee Glass

All the best dan such a great cause so proud of you lee and Ian glass xx

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Daniel O’connell

Great effort mate, you’re a champion

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Kylie Baird

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Margi B And Zacbradley555 (insta And Youtube)

Well Done !!! We are away in Canberra currently but you’ll be riding past our home in Harrietville and we wanted to cheer you on in spirit !!!! Best wishes for the climb to Hotham WHAT an amazing journey - you’re winning already - simply by having embarked on this mammoth trip and all the money you e raised - congrats !!! A huge achievement - keep up the great work !

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Bill Kozic

Great job Daniel, mental health is a real issue

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Griffiths

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Phil & Kerry Geehman

Good on you Daniel 👍

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Sam

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Paula Wise

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Misty Mcphail

All the best, Danny!

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Philly Da Muss

This is great mate, I love what you are doing!!!

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Rod Faithfull

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Louise

A worthy cause to fundraiser for. Thank you!

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Caz Richards

Great cause and great effort so far! I have no doubt you can make it to that finish line 😁👍

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Rebecca Singh

Keep up your amazing efforts well done.

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Lindy Betts

"LET'S GET WHEELINNNN"

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Greg And Joanne Loft

Amazing effort Daniel we have family in Omeo and love it there.. Good Luck mate.. Love from Greg and Jo

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Shirley Fitzgerald

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Melza

Great work Fitzy, so proud of you and think this is just simply amazing. I am inspired and just simply in awe. Love Melza (Melanie Read (nee Tregenza)

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Yvonne Rooney

Well done Daniel your achievement is inspirational

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Jenny Symons

Welldone Daniel and all your support team on what you've achieved so far, see you all at the finish line Let's get Wheelin 🤩

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Jeanette Clancy

I know what it feels like to go through tough times. I think what you are doing is amazing and I admire you

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Michelle Ryan

I'm so glad to hear you have found what is working for you. Mad respect to you for sharing your story and taking on this journey to raise awareness to others, especially males who often suffer in silence . Good luck 👍