This time last year, the Pain Revolution was a seed, about to be planted, into hopefully fertile soil. It was a big idea, with a few key people on board that got the vision. There were some question marks about the usefulness of a rural outreach bike event to create a positive change in rural communities struggling with the burden of persistent pain. We didn't know if the messages would reach people in the right way, if the rural locations would get on board, and if there were people that would not only come on the ride, but raise funds for us too. 2017 showed us our seed of an idea is taking root, and we'll continue to grow in 2018.
We rolled out of Melbourne for the first edition of the Pain Revolution, with our eyes set on Adelaide. We reached 5 rural communities along the way, where we met people living with pain and the professionals that help them. We connected them with key concepts to explain pain, and gave them a peek into the science that shows us how recovery from pain is possible. We arrived in Adelaide tired, sore and elated to have done what we set out to achieve. We kicked off the growth of a community of people dedicated to changing pain, and getting it out of the clinic walls, and our story has spread around the world. We're immensely proud of our first team of trailblazing Revolutionaries that rode the 2017 ride with us, and we hope it's an experience that they never forget.
In 2018 we're looking forward to doing it all again, and heading along the NSW south coast and into the Snowy Mountains. After the success of the 2017 ride, we're building on what worked well, and have out together a comprehensive curriculum to make sure we're all speaking the same language about pain. We're over the moon to have 2017 rider Angie Clerc-Hawke join us as Project Officer to oversee the establishment of the Local Pain Educator Network. We are welcoming back a number of our 2017 riders to join us in the saddle too! Thank you to AIA who have come on board as our Platinum sponsor, and to UniSA and Gallagher Bassett that have returned to support us for the second year. We thank the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Australian Pain Society and NOI for partnering with us again to achieve our mission of rethinking pain, re-engaging with the problem and putting recovery from persisting pain back on the table.
From Lorimer and the team at Pain Revolution, we wish you a very happy New Year, and we're looking forward to continuing the journey with you in 2018.
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