Tour de Cure stars bring us the na­tional spotlight

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

WHILE Janelle East­wood wasn’t able to com­plete Tour de Cure, she achieved the next best thing for the Whit­sun­days - na­tional TV cov­er­age.

On Good Fri­day Sunrise pre­sen­ter James Tobin gave a shout out to Ms East­wood and Shona Rus­sell for rais­ing money to­ward the cause and also put the spotlight on the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity which man­aged to con­trib­ute de­spite Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Ms East­wood said the cov­er­age blew her away.

“To watch it on TV was very emo­tional be­cause we were stuck up here in­jured, but we were very proud of the fact we had been able to achieve what we set out to achieve,” she said.

“They re­ally did make a big thing about the Whit­sun­days and hav­ing been through the cy­clone they gave us a re­ally good plug, bet­ter than we would have got­ten with­out an ac­ci­dent and cy­clone.”

Still re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken Pelvis due to a bike ac­ci­dent ear­lier this year, Ms East­wood pre­dicted it would be at least a month be­fore she could get back on a bike, let alone ride long dis­tances.

How­ever, she does in­tend to sup­port the cause for a fourth con­sec­u­tive year next time around.

“We will put our names down for the next Tour De Cure, we don’t know where that is yet but we are al­ways blown away by the gen­eros­ity of this small com­mu­nity and how they get be­hind us,” she said.

The ladies will keep fundrais­ing un­til June, and any in­di­vid­ual or busi­ness is wel­come to do­nate by get­ting in touch via the Whit­sun­day Tour de Cure web­site.

BOGGED: Phil Evans came to the res­cue of a truck which was bogged at Can­non­vale Beach.

PHOTO: TOLITA DUKES

STARS: Janelle East­wood and Shona Rus­sell at­tracted the na­tional spotlight to the Whit­sun­days.

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