CPL Crusaders take on the Bridge to Brisbane

145 CPL Crusaders donned their cape and mask at the weekend and conquered this year’s Bridge to Brisbane, raising over $9,500 for people living with a disability.  

CPL Crusader Paul Sheppard said he has done many 10-kilometre runs, but this year’s Bridge to Brisbane was one of the best experiences. 

“I wore my cape and eye mask for the whole duration of my 10k and I didn’t feel embarrassed at all wearing my CPL Crusader cape and eye mask as it made me feel like a superhero,” Mr Sheppard said.

“I plan on when doing Bridge to Brisbane every year to choose CPL as my charity to fundraise money for as it is a charity that is close to my heart."

“I've always believed you get somewhere in life by being kind to others by doing something for others, you [CPL] do this by being passionate about what you do, taking pride in who you are and always creating positivity for yourself and others,” he said. 

Paul plans on running in the Sydney running festival over the next few years and loved wearing his cape and mask so much that he has asked to keep it. 

Pete Breuer, CPL’s Manager, Corporate and Community Partnerships, said CPL was excited to be back and involved in this year’s event as a Gold Charity Partner after the event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Being a Gold Charity Partner meant we were lucky enough to receive 25 free VIP running spots, which our incredibly dedicated staff and community partners snapped up in no time.

“With their support, we can continue Crusading for an inclusive society where every person can follow their passions and live the life they choose.” Pete said.

CPL direct support worker and fellow Crusader, Ashley said she was thankful for the support from CPL and so incredibly proud to run in her CPL cape, mentioning that being a part of the CPL Crusaders gave her motivation to get to the finish line. 

For every fundraiser who successfully raised $50 or more for CPL, they automatically received a CPL Crusader cape and mask to show off their superpowers, team up with fellow Crusaders, and fight for inclusion.  

The Sunday Mail Transurban Bridge to Brisbane is the largest community fun run event in Brisbane, which took place on Sunday 7 November 2021. The event saw over 24,000 people get outside, be active, and fundraise for a charity of their choice such as CPL. 

Did you cape up on Sunday and participate in Bridge to Brisbane? We would love to see your photos.

To find out more information on fundraising for CPL, please visit the CPL website, phone 1800 275 753, or email [email protected].

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Crowd of people at the start line of Bridge to Brisbane