A classy night out to cure cancer
Pedal for a Purpose raising funds to help locals take the fight to cancer
THEY’RE prepared to sweat it out to help the search for a cure, but it’s not as simple as just jumping on the bike.
Shona Russell and Janelle “Woody” Eastwood are taking to the road for Tour de Cure, and they’re asking you to enjoy a cocktail on Saturday night to help get them there.
With each rider needing to raise $12,000 – 100% of which goes to research – every little bit helps.
“It’s a night where anybody can come, you don’t have to know us, it’s supporting cancer research and it was a great night last year,” Ms Russell said.
“It had a really good feel and tickets sold out.”
Hosted free of charge by Waterline on Shingley, with entertainment provided by Tahlia Tabone and nibblies by My Rainbow Bakery; there’s plenty on offer to enjoy.
You can even come away a winner with a charity auction seeing prizes such as boat trips, accommodation packages and pamper packs going under the hammer.
“And we’re hosting it with a couple of local identities,” Ms Russell said.
“They’ll be MC-ing and running the auction.”
With all this fun and frivolity, the riders are keeping their goal firmly in their sights.
Ms Eastwood explained they had been touched by cancer on a personal level.
“We have a very good friend battling with cancer, has done for 25 years and is still battling,” she said.
“Statistics now are one in two will have some sort of cancer, so we think it’s really important to get on board.”
Ms Eastwood said education was also an important aspect of the ride as “one-in- three cancers are preventable”.
Ms Russell said they also hoped to bring the issue to the forefront of the community’s mind.
“I know a lot of people want to (support cancer research), but you get busy, life gets in the way, but this at least keeps it in their thoughts and hopefully everybody gets behind it and we can make a diffe- rence,” she said.
The riders had one final message for the Whitsundays.
“We’re appealing to people’s kindness and generosity of spirit,” Ms Eastwood said.
“Because even if you haven’t been touched by cancer, you don’t know what’s around the corner and you don’t know who in your family or friends may get the news next week – and that’s the honest truth.”
CURE QUEST: Shona Russell and Janelle “Woody” Eastwood are inviting you for cocktails to raise funds for their Tour de Cure ride.