Director at FTI Consulting Australia gears up to cycle country for charity

15 November 2018 2 min. read
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Robert Gemmell, Director at the Australian branch of FTI Consulting has teamed up with mate Ray Choong to cycle the country. The duo will push themselves over a distance of 14,000kms for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Under the banner, Cycle the Nation for Your Donation, Robert Gemmell and Ray Choong will set off on the first stage of their trip from Brisbane to Townsville. The campaign will begin on the 3rd of May 2019.

This is however, not the first time the pair has set off on an adventure in an attempt to raise funds for children’s charities. Gemmell and Choong have previously cycling the entire length of Japan as well as from Singapore, along the west coast of Malaysia to the Thailand border. They’ve rowed around part of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands and have run the London Marathon.

All in all, the events combined have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Now, they aim to shoot higher than before and aim in seven digits.

For Cycle the Nation for Your Donation, they hope to raise over $1 million for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which is an integral part of the Australian healthcare system. In the past year the charity conducted 426,000 Starlight experiences for children and their families and granted 525 life-changing Starlight Wishes.


Starlight expanse since its conception in 1988 has spread throughout the nation and now every single children’s hospital in the country has a Starlight Express Room. The charity brightens the lives of seriously ill children, adolescents and their families by replacing pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter.

The FTI Consulting Director, outside his charitable cycling career, has been with the firm for the past two years. Prior to his stint with the independent global business advisory firm, worked with Aquenta Consulting (a Jacobs company) as Regional Manager of Queensland.

He has extensive experience transcending between management consulting, law and engineering and holds a Masters in construction law from Stanford University’s Law School.

Although the ride is still a couple of months off, Australian pro-surfer and Starlight Ambassador Mick Fanning has reached out to the duo. “Just want to wish Robert and Ray who are cycling the nation for your donation a huge good luck.”

“What you’re doing is incredible and raising money for starlight in such needed areas is just incredible. So thank you, good luck, power on and keep your eyes on the road,” said Fanning on a video recently posted on Facebook.