According to the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) people feel better, think better, relate to others better, and are happier when they are regularly engaging in outdoor activities, or just being in nature. To help encourage the public to do just that they have launched Outdoor-tober, a month long celebration of the outdoors. Outdoor-tober is designed to promote the range of opportunities for outdoor recreation in Queensland and to encourage Queenslanders to try something new, or take on a new challenge.
QORF CEO, Donna Little, has pointed out that “we need to find ways to value and be kind to ourselves. Outdoor-tober gives us an excuse to reconnect with family, nature, the games of our childhood, or to find new ways to play and explore. Get into your local parks, beaches, mountains or dams and remind yourself that life really can be better outdoors.”
John Cantor, who recently completed an epic solo journey through the Alaskan wilderness, has been named as Ambassador for Outdoor-tober in 2012. John was raised on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and has sought a life of adventure, from surfing to hiking. John is enthusiastic about his role as Outdoor-tober Ambassador and opportunity to share his passion for the outdoors, commenting, “I’m really happy to be part of Outdoor-tober and help QORF encourage people to get outdoors, be active and healthy.”
Other Outdoor-toberists have registered their own challenge on the Outdoor-tober website. Cory Morris and 5 of his mates will be getting into the urban outdoors on Sunday, taking their City Cycles to the street for the Brisbane to the Gold Coast 100km Cycle Challenge. This 100km Challenge follows on from the group’s previous challenge to ride to the Mt Coot-tha Summit on Brisbane’s City Cycles. Cory said his motivation to ride was based on “Fun, fitness, fresh air and friends.”
Now, it’s over to you, Queenslanders from the north, south, east and west, to commit to be part of Outdoor-tober too. You can find more details on outdoor events happening around the state on the Outdoor-tober website: www.outdoortober.com. From here you can find an event and get some tips on how you and your family can ‘Get Involved!’
If you are planning a private event like Cory’s City Cycle ride, we would love you to share the experience and help motivate others to get involved. You will find an option on the website to share this information with us.
Check out the Outdoor-tober add to get motivated, see it here: http://youtu.be/
For further information, media or sponsorship enquiries, contact the QORF office:
Donna Little, CEO, (07) 3369 9455 or firstname.lastname@example.org