BMX riders on show at Crankin for Cancer Carnival
MORE than 100 BMX riders from throughout North Queensland converged on the Proserpine BMX track to compete in the annual Crankin for Cancer Carnival on the weekend.
The two day event invited riders aged from five years and over to over 50 to hit the track and test their skills against some of the best BMX riders in region.
The inaugural Crankin for Cancer race was started two year ago by local BMX rider Taylor Kerr after her grandmother was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
Like many patients, Taylor’s grandmother was treated in Townsville while staying at the units supplied by the Queensland Cancer Council.
After Taylor saw how many people helped the patients and their families during treatment she wanted to find a way to make a difference.
“Last year, a week before the race, my grandmother passed away and it was so hard to continue on with the event but I knew we had too in her memory,” Taylor said.
The Crankin for Cancer race has now developed into a two day carnival with proceeds going to the Queensland Cancer Council.
Proserpine BMX Club vice president Kristy Puckridge thanked the community for their ongoing support.
“This was our third carnival of the year and there was some hot racing over the weekend,” she said. “Best of all people have really got behind the cause and we can’t thank them enough.”
A major highlight of the event was the Crankin for Cancer race with Byron Chauntler taking out first place, Logan Clark in second and William Simmonds in third.
All boys were presented with QLD Cancer Council BMX jerseys with By- ron also winning a redline proline Expert 2014 race bike donated by Redline International and Mackay Bicycle Connection.
To date Taylor has raised more than $2700 and donations can be made at www.icanforcancer.org.au by searching for Taylor Kerr.
CHARITY RACE: Winners of the Crankin for Cancer race William Simmonds in third place, Byron Chauntler in first and Logan Clark in second place were presented with their awards by Taylor Kerr at the Proserpine BMX Club on Sunday.