Can­cer cy­cling cru­sade

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Brenda Noo­nan stopped for a wel­come pint at the Sand­bar Pub re­cently, half­way through her epic ride the length of the coun­try to raise funds for the New Zealand Gy­nae­co­log­i­cal Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Hosted in Porirua by the Zonta Club of Mana on Novem­ber 11 with a bar­be­cue, Ms Noo­nan, an ex-pat who now lives in Aus­tralia, had aimed to cy­cle 2100km in 21 days, and friends Don and An­nie Bright, Margie Silich and Pat Wil­liams joined her for the jour­ney.

The team had fundraised more than $5700 to that point and were due to ar­rive at Cape Reinga last week.

‘‘This ride is half the dis­tance of my ride [last year, also for char­ity] across Aus­tralia, but we are tak­ing half the time. New Zealand is also way, way hil­lier, so I’m pick­ing we’ll be pretty fit by the end of this.’’

The New Zealand Gy­nae­co­log­i­cal Can­cer Foun­da­tion is a na­tional char­ity work­ing with health pro­fes­sion­als to raise aware­ness of the signs of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer.

The five main types of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers are ovar­ian, en­dome­trial/uter­ine, cer­vi­cal, vagi­nal and vul­val.

‘‘One woman dies ev­ery day in New Zealand from a gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer and we are on a mis­sion to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce this num­ber,’’ says Michelle Quirk, NZGCF’s gen­eral man­ager.

‘‘We are ex­tremely grate­ful to in­di­vid­ual fundrais­ers like Brenda and her team who raise money to sup­port our work, and who also raise aware­ness of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer as they travel through the cities and towns of New Zealand.’’

Sup­port­ers can do­nate at www. fundraiseon­line. co. nz/ 2100km­sin21­days.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Re­fresher: Brenda Noo­nan, left, en­joys a pint at the Sand­bar Pub at the end of her day’s rid­ing with Don and An­nie Bright and Margie Silich.

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