For Melbourne businessman Alan Bakuya, a charity ride around Tasmania is a full circle moment.
For the first time in his adult life, Mr Bakuya has been opening up about his childhood in Tasmania and his experiences growing up with family violence.
With plans for a charity bike ride, when Mr Bakuya reflected on where he wanted the funds to go- the Launceston Women's Shelter became the obvious choice.
"I've never shared it publicly before but when I was growing up in Tasmania we needed to get help there," he said.
"I thought about it for months actually, I wanted to make sure it actually meant something and was something that was close to myself and my family," he said.
"So I contacted the women's shelter and they welcomed it with open arms."
So far he has ridden 750kms and has raised nearly $4000 of his $10,000 goal.
Mr Bakuya said the funds raised were yet to be allocated, but the shelter had opened up about a need for additional vehicles for the women living at the shelter.
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Now on day nine of a 14 day journey, Mr Bakuya has so far travelled from Blackmans Bay to Burnie with the next leg of the journey taking him down the West Coast.
Mr Bakuya has been 'stealth camping' at each stop and has been enjoying seeing some parts of Tasmania for the first time.
"I basically arrive at my destination and find somewhere to set up camp, nothing is booked," he said.
"It's a beautiful state to get around and to come back and take photos has been very special."
To donate to Mr Bakuya's fundraising effort, visit mycause.com.au/page/272778/riding-a-lap-of-tasmania.
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