How did The Long Ride charity come about?
During my frequent visits to regional Queensland, I witnessed more distress than ever before within country towns; bashed around from floods in one year and droughts in another. While the impact was severe on the landscape, the effect it was having on the local people was all too overwhelming. I was particularly affected to see the increase in mental health of once stoic farmers - our primary producers and a vital link to the wellbeing of greater Australia. It was then, I decided that I wanted to make a difference.
Mental health continues to be an ongoing issue in the bush.
Regional folk are often silent about their struggles in regards to illnesses. Through my profession as a Certified Agribusiness Valuer, my vast network and my ability to connect to regional communities, I started to have conversations about these real life situations. It just seemed like a natural progression to help these communities and their people.
I am also a big supporter of helping those with other disabilities - something which is very close to my heart and felt within my own family. My brother Nathan was born with Autism. We noticed a distinct shortage of disabilities services such as speech pathology, physiotherapy, social workers who can assist with community interaction and pathways to transition into independent living in regional and remote areas.
The Long Ride was established, with the commitment that 100% of all proceeds would be distributed directly into these regional and remote communities.
- Our Pledge -
The Long Ride, is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals affected by mental health challenges, limited access to rural health and disability services.
- Who Are We -
We are run by Volunteers with 100% of proceeds going directly back into the communities throughout Australia.
Our volunteers are committed to raising funds and awareness to provide vital support and resources to those in need. We are a hands on charity looking to make a difference by listening to communities we work in on an everyday basis and understanding their needs.
Together, we can foster a more inclusive and compassionate society, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they deserve.
Join us in our mission to transform lives and create lasting change. Together, we can make a profound impact on the well-being and quality of life for individuals and communities across the country.
The Long Ride charity needs your support so we can assist the communities requiring assistance. This can be through donations, sponsoring our team or our horses.
Did you know it will cost on average $2,000 per horse to feed, exercise, rug, train, shoe, provide veterinary care etc just to prepare for our ride. We would love sponsorship of our horses to get us through the ride.
To find out more about sponsorship opportunities please call 0415 849 293.
Our mission is to help those experiencing mental health, health or disability shortfalls by facilitating connection to services and additional programs with the region and rural communities across Australia.
Our aim is to join and connect like-minded people across regional and remote Australia who aim to make a difference and raise awareness for those who need help. We want to promote these towns along the way to show the beauty that they have to offer.
We strive to educate and raise awareness to the broader society about the struggles and lack of access in regional and remote communities and to be a platform that creates change through connection.
Elevating the voices of people experiencing mental health, health and disabilities by offering trust, companionship and conversation to those along the way on our Long Ride to Longreach.
Anyone trading in property in Qld, NT or WA will know the name Leah Freney. At just 33, Leah has wrangled and settled large deals as a valuer and broad-acre property specialist. She’s a champion for many needy causes in the regions she visits and uses her expansive network to support her passion for helping friends in the bush. A lover of people, dogs, horses, sheep and other four-legged friends, Leah is a gun horse rider and a formidable force on the polo field where she can often be found challenging her competitive spirit and competing against some of the game’s notable giants.
A woman of ventures and adventures, on 2 September, Leah and fellow horse-loving friends, 4 dogs and many horses, will begin her inaugural fundraising event: The Long Ride to Longreach is a 1,162km journey on horseback from Toowoomba to Longreach, and all for a good cause.
Leah’s had enough – she’s saddened to many times during her visits to the bush and witnesses first-hand the struggles of the people in the country and the difficulty they have in raising funds basic human needs mental health support, defibrillator, first aid training for children and adults, mental health first aid training and much needed town necessities.
Leah’s challenge is to raise funds and distribute the funds to the 19 towns the Long Ride crew will pass through on horse-back over the two-weeks adventure.
Leah Freney, a passionate advocate for social justice and community empowerment, has dedicated her life to making a positive impact through her charity work. Born and raised in a small town, Leah witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by individuals with limited access to essential services, particularly in the areas of mental health, rural health, and disability support.
Driven by a deep sense of empathy and a desire to bring about change, Leah embarked on a journey to address these critical issues. She recognized the urgent need for increased awareness, resources, and support for individuals facing mental health challenges, as well as those living in rural communities with limited access to healthcare services. Additionally, Leah identified the pressing need for improved disability services to ensure equal opportunities and inclusion for all.
Drawing upon her own experiences and a profound commitment to making a difference, Leah founded her charity with a clear mission: to transform lives and communities through the provision of vital support and services. With unwavering determination, she tirelessly works to raise funds, drive advocacy efforts, and build partnerships to create sustainable change.
Leah's charity has become a beacon of hope, offering a range of programs and initiatives that directly address the needs of those affected by mental health issues, limited rural healthcare access, and disabilities. From organizing community outreach events and educational campaigns to providing financial assistance for essential treatments and therapies, her organization has positively impacted countless lives.
Through her charismatic leadership and infectious passion, Leah has inspired a team of dedicated individuals who share her vision. Together, they collaborate with local communities, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to amplify their impact and ensure that the voices of those in need are heard.
Leah Freney's unwavering dedication to improving mental health services, enhancing rural healthcare access, and advocating for individuals with disabilities has touched the lives of many. Her relentless pursuit of social justice and compassionate approach to community service have made her a true champion for change.
As Leah's charity continues to expand its reach and impact, she remains committed to building a more inclusive and equitable society. By bridging the gaps in support and resources, Leah and her team strive to empower individuals, families, and communities to overcome adversity and thrive.