Gru­elling ride made eas­ier to help out wor­thy cause

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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 to­diac­cha­l­lenge. com. au/ chal­lenger- pro­file. aspx?code=100002188.

Rid­ing for a good cause: restau­rant owner Marco Piat

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