Gruelling ride made easier to help out worthy cause
LOCAL businessman Marco Piat is gearing up to take part in a torturous challenge for charity.
The Yellow Pages Cardiac Challenge is an annual 355km bike ride between Cairns and Cooktown in which riders raise money to participate.
The owner of Zinc and Finz restaurants hopes to reach a personal fundraising target of $5000 for the ride from Cairns up the Kuranda range and through Speewah, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, the Desailey range and Lakeland before finishing in Cooktown.
The beneficiary of the bike ride is the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation which directs the funds towards cardiac equipment and services to benefit those in need.
The event has raised more than $1 million over the past five years, funding equipment which enables angioplasty procedures to be performed in Cairns rather than patients having to travel.
There is now also an additional cardiologist as well as a paediatric cardiologist caring for children with heart conditions courtesy of the fundraising efforts of the cyclists.
This year organisers are hoping to raise more than $350,000.
While this is the first time Marco has participated in the charity challenge, the keen cyclist takes part annually in the Whitelion charity ride from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation.
“I was inspired to do the ride by a mate who took part in the Tour de Cure to do this ride and thought I could do some fundraising of my own,” Marco said.
“Every dollar counts and I hope I can get as much support as possible towards a valuable cause that may ultimately benefit you, a family member or someone you know.
“I’m looking forward to riding for a great cause.”
The charity ride kicks off on September 29.
To support Marco in his fundraising efforts go to http://www.cardiacchallenge. com. au/ challenger- profile. aspx?code=100002188.
Riding for a good cause: restaurant owner Marco Piat