A LONE bike rider has passed through the south-west on an 1800-kilometre journey to raise funds for asthma programs.
Rob Gomm has hit his target to raise $10,000 for asthma education, resources and research by riding his bike further than he has ever gone before.
He began his trek from Melbourne on Christmas Eve along the Great Ocean Road and the Princes Highway to Adelaide. He is due to return along the Western Highway’s inland route to reach his home city on January 10.
Mr Gomm rode the 107-kilometre stretch from Lavers Hill to Warrnambool for an overnight stop last Friday, narrowly missing the fire at the Bay of Islands which forced the closure of the road just one hour after he passed through.
His 101km route on Saturday included a section of the Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail in hot conditions before he encountered a massive head wind on his run into Portland.
Mr Gomm has no extended support crew to help and has self-funded the ride so 100 per cent of donations can be directed to the foundation.
“It is simply one person who is trying to show that anyone can have a meaningful impact on an issue they care about,” he said.
Mr Gomm suffered from several severe asthma attacks as a young child.
“Luckily, I was too young to remember, but my parents and brother still have powerful memories of the pain my attacks caused for the entire family.
“This gives me the motivation to raise awareness and funds.”
People wanting to donate or follow Mr Gomm’s progress can go to his website http://rideforasthma.wordpress.com/