Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­

CY­CLING, run­ning and walk­ing al­most 2000km across the state is not some­thing many peo­ple can lay claim to, but Doug Black is do­ing just that.

Af­ter hear­ing that cy­clone Deb­bie was go­ing to hit north Queens­land, Black wanted to do some­thing to help those who would be af­fected by the dis­as­ter.

“Once I saw that there was a cy­clone com­ing I knew that I had to do some­thing to help,” Black said.

“So in just a week I man­aged to organise a trip that would see me cy­cle, walk and run from the Gold Coast to Mt Isa to raise funds for the com­mu­ni­ties in need.”

Black left the coast on March 29 and has to get to Mt Isa by April 17, in time for Triple J’s One Night Stand.

He stopped over in Roma ear­lier this week be­fore head­ing on to Mitchell.

“I’ve had a lot of com­mu­nity sup­port along the way and the Roma Gun Club put me up while I was there , which was fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“And Bakearoma had me for break­fast every morn­ing.”

Do­ing some­thing like this has al­ways been on Black’s bucket list and so he jumped at the chance to help out those af­fected by the cy­clone.

“I hadn’t been on a bike since Oc­to­ber last year, and I hadn’t been in train­ing,” he said.

“But I’ve done most of the hard stuff al­ready, like through the Lock­yer Valley as it’s very hu­mid and hilly.”

Black has a goal of rais­ing $10,000 and all funds will go to the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach where they can be dis­trib­uted to those who need it most.

“I hope ev­ery­one will get in­volved and sup­port the cause,” he said.

“I’d like to thank all of the com­mu­ni­ties for their sup­port along the way.

“It’s been a ma­jor step­ping stone to fur­ther the trip.”

Black will travel through Mor­ven, Au­gathella, Tambo and Bar­cal­dine be­fore end­ing up in Mt Isa.

To fol­low his progress, visit his Face­book page Dougie’s Get­ting It Done Break­ing Down the Bar­ri­ers. GC to Mt Isa.

You can also do­nate via his goFundme page dougie get­ting it done gc2mtisa.


RUN­NING FOR A CAUSE: Doug Black, from the Gold Coast, is run­ning and cy­cling all the way to Mt Isa.

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