Cy­clists use pedal power to drive cause

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

HAV­ING a rea­son to ride gives you the men­tal strength to do any­thing.

That’s what a group of lo­cal busi­ness­men, all over 50, will be telling them­selves when they en­dure an 820km bike ride from Townsville to Clon­curry to raise money for char­ity.

The David Mor­ris Rea­son to Ride is fundrais­ing to give re­gional and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties the same ac­cess to med­i­cal ser­vices as city peo­ple.

Townsville der­ma­tol­o­gist Robert Miller and his wife Gil­lian Gil­more founded the David Mor­ris Rea­son to Ride af­ter meet­ing Pro­fes­sor Mor­ris and re­al­is­ing they had a shared pas­sion.

“Robert and I be­lieve it’s re­ally im­por­tant to re­ceive cut­ting- edge med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion that’s avail­able no mat­ter where you live,” Ms Gil­more said.

The pair have roped in other lo­cal doc­tors and busi­ness peo­ple, as well as Sunrise and Cen­tral Ro­tary clubs, to help fundraise, or­gan­ise and com­plete the ride.

Ro­tar­ian and cy­clist Stephen Heil­bronn said that while he and the other riders had been train­ing about three times a week, he ex­pected it to be tough.

“A lot of it is a mind set. Any­one can do it if you want to,” he said.

“The big­gest gift we can give to some­one is pos­i­tive in­ter­ven­tion and im­proved qual­ity of life and that’s what this man does.”

The ride leaves next Mon­day and will ar­rive in time for the Clon­curry Merry Muster Fes­ti­val.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

SAD­DLING UP: Stephen Heil­bronn is rid­ing to Clon­curry to raise money for med­i­cal care.

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