Cyclists raise money for cancer research
MORE than 50 cyclists stopped over in Mundubbera at the weekend during the annual Smile for Smiddy Challenge.
The event is held in memory of Adam Smiddy, who died in 2006 from melanoma at the age of
The gruelling 1600km ride takes entrants from Townsville to Brisbane.
Founder Mark Smoothy said the ride was quite challenging as they covered more than 200km every day.
“Initially it was quite challenging as it was just the three of us in 2006 who had backpacks and from there it has grown to be a huge event,” Mr Smoothy said.
“It’s 200km every day, it’s mental and physical torture, but if you look at a cancer patient and how much pain they have to go through all of their lives, I figured if we do ridiculous distances, people will donate more.
“The harder the course and the longer the distance, it makes it easier for people to donate.”
Since its inception in 2006, the Smiddy Challenge has raised almost $9 million for cancer research.
The event this year raised more than $200,000 and Mr Smoothy was impressed with how much support they received.
“Personally I love how it keeps my mate’s name alive,” he said.
“A small amount of people knew Adam and now everywhere you go they know his story and who he was.
“I’m upset I lost my mate but really proud his legacy lives on through his passing.”
Mater Foundation executive director of fundraising Lesley Ray said the event raised money for cancer as it was the leading cause of death in Australians.
“While Smiling for Smiddy started out as an event in honour of Adam Smiddy and it still does today, people joined the cycle who didn’t have any connection to Adam but they’ve had a cancer connection,” Mrs Ray said.
“It’s typically done to remember someone or as a way of supporting someone who’s going through cancer treatment or they want to do something because they can.”
Mrs Ray said the community support had been simply incredible.
“Small communities have this incredible way of rallying together and it’s a wonderful generosity that comes through the towns,” she said.
The cyclists made it to Brisbane on Sunday afternoon and are looking forward to doing it all again next year.
❝ I’m upset I lost my mate but really proud his legacy lives on through his passing. — Mark Smoothy
CYCLISTS IN ACTION: The 50 cyclists call into Mundubbera on their way to Brisbane.