MEDIA RELEASE 26/1/21:
Perry Gilsenan – 2021 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his unwavering support and dedication to the Down Syndrome community.
We are very proud and excited to hear that Perry Gilsenan has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his unwavering support and dedication to the Down Syndrome community.
Perry’s inspiration is his daughter Grace who has Down syndrome. He established the annual Scrapheap Adventure Ride fundraising event which raised an amazing $115,131 in 2019 – a record breaking tally lifting the 10 year contribution to over $800,000. The ride had to be postponed last year due to Covid-19 but it is hoped it will be able to proceed in October this year.
The ride draws in a diverse range of community participants from far and wide across the eastern states and involves motorcycle enthusiasts purchasing a bike for no more than $1000 and doing it up for an adventure ride through the Aussie outback. While tinkering away on their bikes they work with their family and community to raise awareness and funds to support people with Down syndrome to fully participate in our society. With Perry’s unswerving passion and dedication the host communities for the ride destination embrace the event and band together with the riders and their supporters to form a passionate and caring network for each other and people with Down syndrome while raising much needed funds.
Perry is an absolute inspiration to all those that have the opportunity to know him. Thank you and congratulations.
For more information re the 2021 Scrapheap Adventure Ride, please go to www.scrapheapadventureride.com.au. For further information on Down Syndrome NSW you can visit www.downsyndromensw.org.au. Perry was also acknowledged in our most recent annual report which can be downloaded here.