Cam­bo­dia in their sights

En­durance ride raises vi­tal funds for dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

PEDAL POWER: Ma­roochy­dore State High School stu­dents, from right to left, Kane Cowan, Jamie Gib­son, Emily New­man-Tyler, Kody Jor­gensen, Bay­ley Hooper and Ella Mather joined the char­ity ride on sta­tion­ary bikes last week­end to help Cam­bo­di­ans.

IT WAS an am­bi­tious goal but they’ve blown it out of the park.

Last week­end fundrais­ers came to­gether at Ma­roochy­dore State High School to ride the dis­tance be­tween the Sun­shine Coast and Cam­bo­dia, which equates to 6775kms.

The catch was, the dis­tance must be com­pleted in 24 hours – a feat they’d never achieved.

Pres­i­dent of the Swa­nies LEOs club, Kody Jor­gen­son, said the rid­ers had “smashed” their goal, rid­ing more than 7000kms within the des­ig­nated 24 hours.

“The Swa­nies LEOs club would like to thank every­one who par­tic­i­pated and do­nated,” he said.

“The club will be on a high for many weeks to come at the ex­cep­tional at­ten­dance and gen­eros­ity dis­played by all those who took part.

“So far, $2407.20 has been raised for the cause.”

The event, Go­ing the Dis­tance, raises money for two or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to Cam­bo­di­ans.

This in­cludes the Ma­roochy­dore State High School hu­man­i­tar­ian trip which will be vis­it­ing Cam­bo­dia in Septem­ber to aid an or­phan­age and teach at a lo­cal school.

The sec­ond or­gan­i­sa­tion is Milk and Honey, an Australian or­gan­i­sa­tion aim­ing to em­power Cam­bo­di­ans.

Mr Jor­gen­son said the rid­ers’ aim was to raise $1 for ev­ery kilo­me­tre rid­den and, with more than a week left of fundrais­ing, there was still time to lend a help­ing hand.

“LEOs have been or­gan­is­ing the event since the start of the year,” he said. “It is an an­nual event run at Ma­roochy­dore State High School.

“We’ve been doing this event for four years pre­vi­ously but it’s usu­ally done over a week.”

Mr Jor­gen­son said the event was very in­clu­sive and gave peo­ple of all abil­i­ties the chance to have a go.

“Peo­ple like my­self that hardly ev­ery ride a bike just go in there with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and cheer every­one on,” he said.

Do­na­tions are open till Au­gust 14 via www.paypal.me/ LEOCLUBOFSWANIES.

❝Peo­ple like my­self that hardly ev­ery ride a bike just go in there with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and cheer every­one on.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

UP TO CHAL­LENGE: Ma­roochy­dore State High School stu­dents, from right to left, Kane Cowan, Jamie Gib­son, Emily New­man-Tyler, Kody Jor­gensen, Bay­ley Hooper and Ella Mather.

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