Bob Simpson’s Ride Against PTSD

Aug 13, 2019 | 30 Years

4300 kms. 35 days. 1 bike. 1 rider. Helping Police with PTSD along the way.

Quest for Life is honoured to be the recipient of Bob Simpson’s 4300 kilometre fundraising bike ride from Perth to Bundanoon. With less than a month to
go until Bob sets off on his epic bike ride across Australia, please show your support for Bob.

Bob is a medically retired NSW police officer. From 1996 to 2014 he served the State with honour before the horror of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
became too much for him to continue. Bob’s personal journey has been devastating for himself and his family. He knows many other former and currently
serving police have also fallen foul to the debilitating impact of PTSD.

As a front-line response service Police encounter traumatic events daily

They experience trauma that regular citizens rarely encounter. Many of us would know someone who is or was a police officer. Chances are if they’ve been
in the job for more than a few years, they’re already suffering from PTSD.

PTSD is a debilitating injury to the brain that can manifest itself in many ways. Anxiety, chronic hypervigilance and depression are some of the most common
manifestations. Trauma changes a person.

Bob describes the 5 days he spent at the Moving Beyond Trauma (MBT) program at Quest as life-changing. He’d already tried many other therapies that hadn’t
worked for him.

When he arrived at Quest, Bob was struggling to find reasons for living. The MBT program restored his faith in life and gave him back his purpose.

So many active and former Police Officers are living with PTSD, Bob said.

I want to draw people’s attention to PTSD in the hope that others can have a better ride than me.

Quest makes people feel valued, which is so important for people who have been affected by their workplace.

Bob will ride 4300 kms unassisted leaving Perth on 9 September. He will carry all his equipment on his bike and will sleep out under the stars.

I’ve found PTSD to be a very lonely journey and I’ll go through a little more loneliness to raise money for a cause close to my heart – Quest for Life.

It’s often people who’ve been in those dark places who really get what it’s like for other people. Bob is paying his journey forward to others now.

Please support Bob in this epic bike ride.