West Coast residents have been shocked by a tragic crash on the Nullarbor Plain in Western Australia earlier this month which took the life of a much loved and admired visitor to the region.
Leif Justham grew up in the Adelaide Hills and spent school holidays at his family`s block in Bramfield, building a love and respect of the community of Elliston and the surrounding coastline.
The 21-year-old was at the beginning of a mammoth ride around Australia, raising awareness on climate change.
His father, Hugh Justham, said his son was "hoping to encourage people to invest their superannuation in green energy and divest from fossil fuel-companies" with his round-Australia bike ride.
"He was passionate about engaging with people," he said.
Mr Justham's passion was partly fuelled by his involvement in the Fight for the Bight campaign against Equinor's proposal to open an oil industry in the region.
He would try to find a positive way for himself and others to make a difference, posting, "if I told you I would ride my push bike 20,000km around this country just for you to change your super and bank to one with better rates while simultaneously investing in renewable energy, regenerative farming and ethical investments, would you do it?"
"In about a month, I will be pedalling out of Adelaide and heading clockwise around this enormous and unforgiving island. My biggest challenge yet."
He followed that message three days before he started with, "three more sleeps until I start my journey - the equivalent distance of half the equator and I am very scared."
Mr Justham farewelled his friends and family, his job in revegetation and his beloved Stirling Districts Football Club on March 22 from Adelaide and had already made an impact on his route through Port Lincoln, Elliston, Streaky Bay and beyond.
He was making great progress when on April 6 he was struck by a road train near Caiguna and killed.
Travellers and residents who met him along his route have tearfully paid tribute to his infectious enthusiasm, his commitment to climate change solutions and his passion for riding long distances for his cause.
Leif's mother, Helen Taylor said her son loved being out on his bike and believed the effort of riding around Australia would gain the respect of people who would listen to his message.
"He just wanted to be on the road, have an adventure and do something to make a difference in the world," she said.
"Now we want to spread his voice and message as far as we can because he was so passionate about it."
Mr Justham's family has encouraged people to learn more about his story by visiting leifjustham.com and @changeyoursuper.
Thanks to Leif Justham's family for their involvement in this story
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