Myself, Leanda Cave, Matty Reed, Dede Griesbauer and other athletes have the honour of being Ambassadors to the Blazeman Foundation for ALS. This is a non-profit, multi-sport movement to end Lou Gehrig’s Disease – set up by the inspirational Jon Blais, who suffered and eventually died from the disease on 2007 – but not before he managed defy all odds and complete the World Ironman Championships in Kona.  Many althletes roll across the finish line in Jon’s memory – a simple symbol of hope, and, more importantly,  a means of raising awareness about ALS.

Quelle Challenge Roth 2009

Collectively, the ‘Blazeman Warriors’ are trying to reach a $750,000 target to assist with cutting-edge scientific research to find treatments and an eventual cure for ALS.  As part of this fundraising effort Leanda has organised The Great Athlete Auction – and i would call on each and every one of you to take part.

What is the Great Athlete Auction?

Leanda is currently reaching out to professional triathletes, and others in the triathlon community, requesting donations to the Auction. These donations are coming in thick and fast and are in the form of athlete sponsored items, race entries,  race suits, autographs, books, getaways, etc. She will be putting all the items on Ebay at seller: thegreatathleteauction two weeks prior to the Ford Ironman World Championships, in Kona, Hawaii on 10 October.

The goal is to finish the auction as the pro triathletes cross (roll across) the line. Once items have been paid for (preferably by PayPal), the money raised will be donated to the Blazeman Foundation for ALS.

How do I know what will be up for auction?

This Blogspot is your gateway to what will be on offer for the auction. So stay tuned on a regular basis to see what has been donated and by whom. Leanda is also keeping updates on her Twitter site (http://twitter.com/leandacave) and Facebook.

This is a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for a very important organisation. I would also like to thank Leanda for eveyrthing she is doing to make this happen.

If you would like to learn more about the Blazeman Foundation for ALS or the disease and current research, please go to: http://www.waronals.com/.