‘Bridge Ban­dits’ put in hard yards on the bike

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

WORK­ERS on the new Grafton Bridge jumped on the bike through­out Oc­to­ber to help raise funds to fight kids’ can­cer.

The “Bridge Ban­dits” en­dured ripped pants, flat tyres, lost chains and plover at­tacks to raise more than $10,000 as part of this year’s Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

The char­ity fundrais­ing ride has helped win the en­thu­si­as­tic praise of Clarence Na­tion­als MP Chris Gu­lap­tis.

“The team rode more than 6700 kilo­me­tres dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber and raised $10,100 for the good cause,” Mr Gu­lap­tis said.

“Most Aus­tralians have or will be touched by can­cer at some stage in their lives, which is why nearly 40 staff mem­bers de­cided to get in­volved in the chal­lenge.

“A month in the life of par­tic­i­pants looked like this pour con­crete for the ad­di­tional cross­ing of the Clarence River, drive some bridge piles, ride and raise money.”

The project team were among more than 31,000 riders from across Aus­tralia to take part in this year’s chal­lenge and the team raised the sev­enth high­est amount of money.

Mr Gu­lap­tis said de­spite the time taken by the Bridge Ban­dits to pedal for a good cause, work on the $240 mil­lion NSW Gov­ern­ment­funded bridge is on track.

Na­tion­ally, this year’s chal­lenge raised $8,969,212 for the Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Grafton bridge project is avail­able at rms.nsw.gov.au.


RIDE FOR A CAUSE: Work­ers on the $260 mil­lion new Grafton bridge raised more than $10,000 to fight kids’ can­cer as part of this year's Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

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