Tour de Cure in hope

Freak ac­ci­dent ends dream for team but all is not lost

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­

IT WAS on one of her last train­ing rides for the Tour de Cure that a freak ac­ci­dent sud­denly ended the dream of a well known Whit­sun­day cy­clist.

Last Wednesday in the pre-dawn gloom, Janelle “Woody” East­wood and Shona Russell were rid­ing along Shute Har­bour Rd near Plants Whit­sun­day when a group of dogs ran from a house and into their way.

Woody was the last rider in the pack and took eva­sive ac­tion to avoid hit­ting the dogs.

She clipped the back wheel of the rider in front and came off her bike.

Woody broke her pelvis in two places and frac­tured her ra­dius and humerus.

This would have been the third year the Whit­sun­day team had en­tered the fundrais­ing bike ride from Mt Hotham in Vic­to­ria to Ho­bart.

This year they were try­ing to pro­mote the Whit­sun­days as well as rid­ing to cure can­cer.

Woody and her team had a com­mu­nity spon­sor­ship tar­get of $20,000.

If the tar­get was met the team had the op­por­tu­nity to present an over­size cheque to the Tour de Cure or­gan­i­sa­tion on Channel 7’s pop­u­lar break­fast show Sunrise, thereby also show­cas­ing the Whit­sun­days to the na­tion as a car­ing com­mu­nity.

Woody was ini­tially dev­as­tated at the thought of not be­ing able to com­plete the Tour de Cure but she soon re­alised all was not lost.

Woody and the Whit­sun­day Tour de Cure team still have a chance to present a cheque on na­tional tele­vi­sion – with the com­mu­nity’s help.

Shona said they were so close to reach­ing the $20,000 tar­get and it could still be achieved.

“We just need that last fi­nal push,” she said.

The Whit­sun­day Tour de Cure team has so far raised $13,000 and needs $7000 more to reach their tar­get.

To do­nate money needs to be di­rectly de­posited into their ac­count.

To do­nate use the fol­low­ing bank de­tails. BSB: 084 501

Ac num­ber: 242447470

MISHAP AT SEA: David Sugar said a dive team was on site last week to as­sist in the sal­vage of a sunken plane.

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