Courageous cycle to honour friend
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.