Olivia’s ready for the ride of her life

Olivia Stone, 12, is aim­ing to ride 600km in the month of Oc­to­ber to raise money to fight kids’ can­cers.

Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - Photo: Luke He­mer

OLIVIA Stone has 29 days to ride 565km.

To reach her 600km tar­get for the month of Oc­to­ber she will have to ride just un­der 20km a day.

Which is a fair feat for any­one, but for a 12-year-old girl it al­most seems like an un­reach­able tar­get.

But Lock­ing­ton’s Olivia knows she can do it and she is rid­ing to fight kids’ can­cer.

She is tak­ing part in the Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge where peo­ple of all ages across the coun­try set them­selves a goal and chal­lenge them­selves to pedal through­out Oc­to­ber.

‘‘She did it last year and reached her goal of 500km so she thought she would in­crease the dis­tance this time around,’’ her mother Michelle said.

‘‘I am just so proud of her for step­ping up and do­ing it.

‘‘Last year be­tween her brother and her­self they raised more than $1,000.

‘‘This year her goal is $600 so just $1 a kilo­me­tre.

‘‘She is a go-get­ter and al­though she doesn’t ride a lot dur­ing the rest of the year she rides all through Oc­to­ber.

‘‘She loves help­ing out peo­ple and it is such a great cause.’’

Olivia will be putting signs up around Lock­ing­ton and hopes the com­mu­nity will get be­hind her.

‘‘All do­na­tions would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,’’ Michelle said.

‘‘And if you see her rid­ing around feel free to give her some en­cour­age­ment.’’

The Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge started in 2013, and af­ter just four years, the event has grown to be­come one of the big­gest cy­cling events in Aus­tralia.

In those four years 31,359 rid­ers from all states and ter­ri­to­ries have rid­den a to­tal of 7,571,481km and to­gether raised $8,969,212.

This money goes to­wards re- search to de­velop bet­ter treat­ments and find a cure for child­hood can­cer.

Olivia has raised $320 and she is only on day three of the chal­lenge.

If you can help Olivia head to great­cy­clechal­lenge.com.au/Rid­ers/Olivi­aS­tone1

Photo: Luke He­mer

Olivia Stone is aim­ing to raise $600.

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