Social activist and local Michael Trafford rode a BMX from Emerald to Gladstone as part of the Micah Challenge Finish the Race campaign to raise awareness of world poverty.
Social activist and local Michael Trafford rode a BMX from Emerald to Gladstone as part of the Micah Challenge Finish the Race campaign to raise awareness of world poverty. Christopher Chan

Gladstone man targets poverty reduction through BMX ride

AUSTRALIA has not kept up its dedication to foreign aid and Gladstone social activist Michael Trafford wants everyone to know about it.

Mr Trafford has returned from his Emerald to Gladstone BMX ride, as part of the Sk8 to the Finish campaign.

The venture is part of the global Micah Challenge's Finish the Race campaign, a movement hoping to halve world poverty by 2015.

Christian agencies, churches and groups are all part of Micah Challenge, which aims to achieve its goal by increasing people's engagement with the poor.

After a week and a half of riding, campaigning and educating people along the way, he feels his venture has made an impact.

"The biggest thing about it was people were just unaware of many of the issues we were talking about," Mr Trafford said.

He said ever since he was a teenager, he had felt a passion for human rights.

"I've been quite passionate about helping and inspiring others to use their voices to try and make a difference."

He began training for the ride in February and it paid off when he completed it in just 11 days, cutting an entire week off the proposed arrival time.

He said the conditions in which he was riding were better than expected and he had copious mental energy.

He had just wanted to give it all he had.

On August 3, a congratulatory arrival event will be held at the PCYC and Ken O'Dowd and Chris Trevor are set to make their foreign aid commitments in public.

"The ideal would be for them both to come and say they will do whatever they can to keep these promises and to make no excuses," Mr Trafford said.



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