Herald Sun

FULL THROTTLE FOR CANCER CHALLENGE

- AARON LANGMAID

A DEDICATED dirt biker is set to kick up some dust at a charity ride in memory of his brother.

Bryce Gathercole, 16, will take part in the KTM Ride4Kids — the largest motocross charity event in Australia, which gives kids living with cancer the chance to take an exhilarati­ng ride.

It’s a cause close to the heart of Bryce and his family. His older brother, Thomas, died aged 10 in 2006 after a three-year battle with the disease.

Since Thomas was first diagnosed in 2003, Bryce and his family have helped raise more than half a million dollars for Challenge, a charity that supported their family during this difficult time.

“We started the fundraisin­g when Tom was sick and we continued after he passed away,” dad Craig said. “It was our way of staying connected and giving back.’’

Bryce said it was great to be part of the charity event.

“Ever since I lost my brother from cancer I have been raising money for Challenge,’’ he said. “It means a lot for us as a family to raise funds every year to support the fantastic programs.’’ Now in its 14th year, the KTM Ride4Kids will offer children living with cancer the chance to join motorcycle enthusiast­s of all skill levels on a motocross track.

This year’s event, supported by Motorcycle Victoria, will take place at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford and will feature a number of profession­al KTM racers.

“We’ve already fundraised over $10,000 for this year’s event and we hope to reach our goal of $60,000, which will bring our grand total to well over $600,000 since the first Ride4Kids,” Mr Gathercole said.

To register for the event or make a donation, visit: challenge.org.au

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Bryce, with younger brotherbr Zac, is to take part in KTM Ride4Kids,s, a cause dearde too his family. Picture: MARKDADSWE­LL

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