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A RECORD num­ber of en­tries from cy­clists will help young peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity this April.

A group of ded­i­cated par­tic­i­pants will ride 220 gru­elling kilo­me­tres in one day to raise money for STEPS Path­ways Col­lege to help young peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity learn life skills.

The an­nual TOOMOO (Toowoomba to Mooloolaba) ride will take place on April 29 and 200 par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected.

En­tries are capped, and close on March 31.

Rid­ers will travel to Toowoomba on the Fri­day night by bus, and re­turn on two wheels.

Founder of TOOMOO and avid cy­clist Dave Fel­lows said he chose STEPS Char­ity as the ben­e­fi­ciary for this year’s ride due to its com­mon values.

“I elected to part­ner the TOOMOO with STEPS Char­ity be­cause they align per­fectly with my prin­ci­pal de­sire – to em­power,” he said.

“STEPS Char­ity is all about em­pow­er­ing and TOOMOO is all about em­pow­er­ment.

“It’s a won­der­ful thing when the em­pow­er­ment of one has the

knock-on ef­fect to em­power oth­ers.”

From some­thing that started out as a crazy chal­lenge, the TOOMOO has raised more than $40,000 for lo­cal char­i­ties in the past two years.

Dave said it was more than just a ride.

“TOOMOO is a fam­ily of pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als who share a com­mon in­ter­est in cy­cling and a want to give back to our com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I look for­ward to wel­com­ing new rid­ers this year to share in our pas­sion for em­pow­er­ment.”

Money raised will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young adults with a dis­abil­ity to ex­pe­ri­ence in­de­pen­dent liv­ing in pur­pose­built units, while un­der­tak­ing an in­ten­sive train­ing pro­gram.

Af­ter 12 months each stu­dent will grad­u­ate with the skills and abil­ity to rent or buy their own home, cook their own meals, man­age their sup­port needs, and lead a happy, healthy life.

STEPS char­ity man­ager An­gela Miles said STEPS was thrilled to be named as this year’s ben­e­fi­ciary.

PHOTO: GRANT ED­WARDS

Pre­par­ing for the 2017 TOOMOO ride are (front, from left) San­dra Fel­lows, Sammy Hem­s­ley, Dave Fel­lows and Rachael Wit­ton.

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