A classy night out to cure can­cer

Pedal for a Pur­pose rais­ing funds to help lo­cals take the fight to can­cer

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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