Cy­clists ride into town

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

CY­CLISTS en­joyed a quick cool down and fresh pro­duce as they passed through Mareeba last week­end while on their way to Cook­town as part of the 2017 an­nual Mount Franklin Car­diac Chal­lenge.

Mareeba Fire Ser­vice fire­fight­ers took the time to shoot their hoses across Byrnes St as rid­ers passed un­der­neath giv­ing them a short re­prieve from the heat.

About 240 rid­ers passed through the town on Satur­day stop­ping to have a rest at Ro­tary Park .

Rid­ers and sup­port­ers en­joyed fresh pro­duce do­nated by Mareeba Dis­trict Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

The an­nual ride from Cairns to Cook­town raised more than $205,000 this year.

Since the event started in 2007 by the Far North Queens­land Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion, the event has raised more than $3 mil­lion.

Fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing man­ager Glenys Dun­combe said it was a great week­end and the weather was kind par­tic­u­larly on day two.

“Rid­ers par­tic­i­pated from around the coun­try, some who had been trav­el­ling in -2 de­grees in Can­berra, but they re­ally en­joyed the scenery and ca­ma­raderie,” he said.

The Foun­da­tion re­cently an­nounced it would be fundrais­ing $1.4 mil­lion to­wards a sec­ond car­diac catheter lab in Cairns.

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