Ride to help save lives

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Ed­wards Grant.Ed­wards@apn.com.au

OF­TEN in the world of mul­ti­sport, ath­lete lives re­volves around reach­ing goals and train­ing sched­ules be­tween fam­ily and work life.

But an event such as the Tour de Cure pro­vides an un­for­get­table life per­spec­tive.

Mother’s Day saw the final stage com­pleted of a 10-day 1540km jour­ney from Bris­bane to Syd­ney, via Ar­mi­dale, which raised $2.8 mil­lion in the process.

Called the ‘Sig­na­ture Tour’, it’s the Tour de Cure’s an­nual hero event which has evolved into Aus­tralia’s most-renowned fundrais­ing ride.

But it is much more than just fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives.

Along the way they visit schools, spread­ing the mes­sage that one in three can­cers can be pre­vented through the right life­style choices.

David Hal­li­well of Sippy Downs knows the per­ils of cancer all too well. He had two ma­lig­nant melanomas 10 years ago, and then in 2013 he had one of his kid­neys re­moved af­ter doc­tors found a tu­mour dur­ing a reg­u­lar check-up.

He first joined the Tour two years ago, and would have re­turned last year but for a train­ing mishap. But he was back this year for the 10th an­niver­sary event, which re­traced much of the first Tour which was the launch pad for a last­ing legacy.

“I just love the ca­ma­raderie, the fel­low rid­ers and go­ing to the schools,” he said.

“The high­light for me, see­ing the kids and teach­ing them the be healthy, be happy, be fit mes­sage.

“I re­ally en­joyed the hills, from Grafton to Glen Innes and Ar­mi­dale, and then down to Coffs was my high­light of the tour. Just great rid­ing and great scenery.”


Rid­ers leave Forster as part of the Tour de Cure.

David Hal­li­well.

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