Coura­geous cy­cle to hon­our friend

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By So­phie Burge

Court­ney Sex­ton has con­quered a month-long cycling cam­paign which saw her ride a 14km round trip to and from school ev­ery week­day dur­ing Novem­ber.

Rain, hail, or shine, the 17 year-old ped­alled from her farm into Fin­ley High School to raise aware­ness and funds for Kid­ney Health Aus­tralia Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The de­ter­mined Year 11 stu­dent said her ef­forts were also to hon­our her ‘‘role model’’ and family friend, Jimmy Cock­ayne, who passed away in Oc­to­ber.

Court­ney said Jimmy was not only a suc­cess­ful stock agent, he was also able to over­come many ob­sta­cles through­out his life, in­clud­ing kid­ney trou­bles.

She said re­ceiv­ing a kid­ney trans­plant life im­proved for Jimmy, ad­ding that it high­lighted to her how im­por­tant it is for peo­ple to raise aware­ness about or­gan do­na­tion and over­all health.

‘‘When my Dad read out Jimmy’s eu­logy at his funeral, this res­onated with me,’’ she said.

‘‘Jimmy ex­pe­ri­enced many health chal­lenges, the most sig­nif­i­cant be­ing kid­ney fail­ure, which led to fur­ther health com­pli­ca­tions. The amount of ad­ver­sity and courage Jimmy dis­played was amaz­ing and in­spired those around him.

‘‘He was a de­ter­mined and mo­ti­vated man who was able to con­quer what­ever he set his mind to, which em­pow­ered him to have suc­cess in his life.

‘‘This in­spired me to make a change and help those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ad­ver­sity.’’

Court­ney, who ad­mit­ted she’s not re­ally a keen cy­clist, said the chal­lenge was tough.

‘‘I rode 308 kilo­me­tres and only had one flat tyre. My legs and mus­cles were very sore but I smashed my goal of rais­ing $500.

‘‘At the start I was a bit hes­i­tant but once I got out there ev­ery­one was quite sup­port­ive.

‘‘Thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported me in re­mem­ber­ing Jimmy and to help those in need.’’ NEW THINK­ING NEW POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES LMCT 1882

Court­ney Sex­ton rode her bike from her farm to school ev­ery week­day in Novem­ber.

Jimmy Cock­ayne.

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