Jason Potter after finishing his ride from Sydney to Perth. Picture: Penny Potter

MS ride for mum raises over $20,000 

Jason Potter, who completed the ride, said a hug from his mum at the end of the ride was one of the things he looked forward to the most.
November 16, 2023

A 28-day, 4278km bicycle ride from Sydney to Perth has raised $21,906 for multiple sclerosis research.

The ride was completed by Jason Potter – originally from Forrestfield – who had a personal reason for completing the ride – his mother, Marilyn Potter, has MS.

Mr Potter said the ride tested him both physically and mentally but crossing the finish line was a tremendous personal achievement.    

“Seeing mum at the finish line was one of the most emotional moments of the journey,” he said.

“After all the long, challenging days on the road, that hug from her was the moment I had been looking forward to.

“It wasn’t just about completing the ride – it was about sharing that success with her, knowing she’d been with me in spirit every pedal of the way.”

Speaking to Echo News (4000km for multiple sclerosis research, October 13), Mr Potter’s mother Marilyn Potter said she was diagnosed with MS in early 2017 and said that it was not the first ride he had completed to raise money for MS research.

She said he flew over from Melbourne – where he was now based – every year to do the yearly MS Ocean Ride from Fremantle to Hillarys, and had also completed the Peak Challenge in Falls Creek three times.

Mr Potter said now that the ride was done he was going to take some time to savour his accomplishment and enjoy some well-deserved rest.

“As for the future, who knows? I’m not ruling out another ride, the sense of adventure and purpose it brings is addictive.”

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