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Optus supports blind cyclists in history-making ride
22 Apr 2010

In an Australian first, blind brothers Lorin and Dean Nicholson have embarked on an epic 4,000 kms journey riding tandem push bikes from Perth to Sydney to raise funds to support people who are vision impaired.

Anthony Shiner, General Manager, Optus Country said Optus is proud to support the history-making expedition by helping the cyclists stay connected to their fans through technology - a reflection of Optus' commitment to giving people in regional Australia access to a quality network and reliable communications solutions.

"Optus is dedicated to bringing choice and competition to previously underserved areas of Australia while delivering a superior customer experience and reliable communications networks.

"We've provided Lorin and Dean with Optus Thuraya Dual Mode Satellite phones to help them stay in touch with their team of supporters as they complete their journey across Australia.

"These phones are the latest in mobile satellite technology by providing the best of both worlds with the choice to use the normal 2G mobile network, or satellite services when you're outside Optus' mobile coverage areas," Mr Shiner said.

As they make their way toward Sydney with an aim to raise vital funds for Vision Australia and generate awareness of the significant abilities of people who are blind or have low vision, Lorin Nicholson reflects on the importance of having access to reliable technology.

"We've encountered some of the country's harshest terrain along this way, and it's been very reassuring to know that our Optus phones keep us connected to our friends and supporters - even in some of Australia less populated areas," said Mr Nicholson.

Wagga Wagga celebrates
Lorin and Dean will be rolling into Wagga Wagga at 12pm on Thursday, 22 April 2010, having cycled approximately 3,500 kms since their journey began in Perth, WA. They will be attending a reception in their honour, located at Vision Australia Wagga Wagga, 37 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga. Celebrations will include a free sausage sizzle and great Optus giveaways.

Note to Editor:

  • What: A reception and free sausage sizzle to welcome Lorin and Dean Nicholson to Wagga Wagga
  • When: Thursday, 22 April 2010, at 12pm
  • Where: 37 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
  • Who: Mayor Kerry Pascoe, Vision Australia‚Äôs local client group chairman, Colin Rush, Optus Shop Manager, Mark Shaw, and the team from Bicycle Wagga Wagga

Media contacts:
Joshua Drayton
P: (02) 8082 7850
E: Joshua.Drayton@optus.com.au