In 2013, a group of Victorian Principals travelled to China as a part of a Victorian Principal’s Association Study Tour. Little did four of those principals know, they would forge strong and lasting relationship and become a tight knit group affectionately known as the Rat Pack.
Rat Pack: a group consisting of two city principals and two country principals, a group connected by a love of fun and laughter, an unwritten agreement not to take ourselves too seriously and a shared ability to bring out the best in those around us.Many Rat Pack memories were created in China, with the most commonly referred to experience being the tandem bike ride around the City Wall of Xi’an. What was supposed to be a relaxing and enjoyable individual roll along a short stretch of the 14km cobblestone route, turned into a throw down challenge to complete the entire distance of the wall in the limited time available ON A TANDEM BIKE! Many laughs were had on this hilarious challenge as two of us were clearly in better bike riding shape than certain others…The friendships continued well past the last day of the study tour and regular contact continued, until one day in December we got an email that knocked us for six. One of our pack, Andrew Crossett, had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Unbelievably, it took just 7 short months for this cancer to take him away from us.Andrew leaves us all so much better for having known him but forever sad that our wine glasses won’t chink together again.
We are dedicating our One Day Ride to Andrew, a wonderful man who was so giving with his time, knowledge and caring nature. Naturally, in order to truly honour Andrew and our memories of times together, we will be completing the whole entire 100km of this ride on a tandem bike!
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