SAM CYCLES ACROSS QLD FOR CANCER
Cyclist will travel over 2000km for the Mater Foundation
A FEW months after losing his mother to cancer, cyclist Sam Cooke is heading across Queensland to raise money for present and future cancer sufferers.
Gloria Cooke lived in Monto for over 50 years and battled bladder cancer since 2010 – the disease which ultimately claimed her life on April 16. She was aged 76. “I’ll be doing the charity bike ride from Brisbane to Mt Isa via Rockhampton, covering over 2000km and hoping to do that in 14 days,” Cooke said.
“Aside from my mum, there’s a history of cancer in my family and it’s a disease that affects so many people.”
The Monto-born and raised athlete is no stranger to a physical challenge, having completed 14 iron man triathlons.
“In this ride, I’ll be completely solo and uno,” he said.
“It’ll be just me and whatever I can fit into my bag, and then stop at the different places at night.
“The longest solo ride I’ve done before was Sunshine Coast to Gladstone, which took 3.5 days to do.
“I know what to expect when I get out west, as I lived in Mt Isa for 13 years.”
Cooke aims to raise at least $3000 from the trip, with funds to go to the Mater Hospital Cancer Charity Foundation.
Though Cooke lives on the Sunshine Coast now, he has some favourite bike rides to do when visiting his hometown, where he lived until he was 17 years old.
“If I want a nice, short ride, I’ll go up to Cania Dam and back,” he said.
“For a longer distance, I like to ride to Eidsvold and then back to Monto.”
To donate to Cooke’s ride and cause, go to the Gloria for Cancer Ride Facebook page and click more info to be taken to the donation page.
He sets off on July 17, starting in Brisbane.
“I’m confident I can do it, but it will take quite a long time,” Mr Cooke said.
“On Facebook, I have details on the routes on the different days.
“Others can join me on the road in the different sections if they like.”
Sam Cooke I’ll be doing the charity bike ride from Brisbane to Mt Isa, via Rockhampton, covering over 2000km and hoping to do that in 14 days.
WHEELY OVER CANCER: Monto-born Sam Cooke will ride a distance of about 2000km to raise money for the Mater Hospital Cancer Charity Foundation, in memory of his mother Gloria.
Gloria Cooke lived in Monto for about 50 years.