Cycling for can­cer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

LO­CAL men Gavin Hardy and Adam Jones have re­turned from an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney, rid­ing their bi­cy­cles 1642km from Ade­laide to Can­berra via the Snowy Moun­tains to help in the ef­fort to find a cure for can­cer.

Their hard work be­gan months be­fore the Tour De Cure ride, as they had per­sonal do­na­tion tar­gets of $12,000 which needed to be raised even be­fore the first turn of the ped­als.

But the men com­mit­ted them­selves and with the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity col­lec­tively they raised over $37,000 and wore pink to pro­mote breast can­cer aware­ness.

Tour De Cure has raised nearly $2.5 mil­lion this year alone, and the money will go to­wards re­search to find a cure for can­cer and sup­port­ing suf­fer­ers through their can­cer jour­ney.

Can­cer is the lead­ing cause of death in Aus­tralia with 1463 peo­ple told ev­ery day they have some form of the ill­ness.

With the help of ded­i­cated peo­ple like Gavin and Adam, valu­able funds are be­ing raised to help find a cure and help raise aware­ness in the com­mu­nity and schools.

The rid­ers shared their Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy mes­sage with over 4500 school chil­dren on their 10-day pil­grim­age.

Gavin, who raised a whop­ping $21,685 from his ride, said it was an en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘ We have en­joyed so much en­cour­age­ment from the com­mu­nity and the ca­ma­raderie of a team of peo­ple, from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, all rid­ing for their own rea­sons, brought to­gether by one cause and work­ing to­wards the same goal find­ing a cure for can­cer,’’ he said.

‘‘At times the rid­ing was tough, but thoughts of friends and loved ones deal- ing with can­cer were al­ways there to spur us on.

‘‘You ac­tu­ally get so much back from do­ing some­thing like this, in fit­ness, health of heart - both phys­i­cally and men­tally - and mind.

‘‘Any­one wish­ing to have an amaz­ing per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence whilst sup­port­ing an in­cred­i­bly worth­while cause should ap­ply.’’

Tour De Cure holds many rides dur­ing the year. Visit www.tour­de­cure.com.au for in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved.

ON A MIS­SION: Gavin Hardy and Adam Jones at Par­li­ment House

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