Cyclists show support for Smiddy
LOCAL support for the Smiling for Smiddy Foundation was appreciated by 45 enthusiastic bike riders as they relaxed at the Horse and Jockey on Saturday night after a gruelling day's ride from Brisbane.
Founder of the organisation Mark Smoothy said this is the fourth year the group has trekked to Warwick in training for their major event, the Smiling for Smiddy Challenge, which involves a 1600km ride over eight days from Brisbane to Townsville.
Mr Smoothy said the ride from Brisbane to Warwick is probably even tougher than what they are training for.
“We left Brisbane at 6am this morning and arrived in Warwick at 5pm travelling via Queen Mary Falls, which has a couple of very steep inclines,” he said.
Fundraising manager Rowan Foster said the group looks forward to the Warwick trip each year as the support from Gary and Jo Lawrence at the Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel has been exceptional.
“They give us a discount on accommodation and dinner and supply us with a free breakfast,” he said. “The hospitality we receive in Warwick is outstanding.”
Mr Smoothy and Mr Foster are both former friends of the late Adam Smiddy who passed away at the age of 26 from a very aggressive cancer.
The foundation was created to commemorate his life and raise money for the Mater Foundation cancer research.
This year the group has raised a staggering $250,000 so far which is a third of their target of $750,000.
To support the Smiling for Smiddy Foundation you can make a donation or sponsor a rider by going to their website www.smiddy.org.au.
Mr Smoothy is encouraging Warwick people to join the Smiling for Smiddy Challenge.
“I know Warwick sports quite a keen cycling community and it would be great to have them join us on our mission to raise funds for cancer research and participate in such a fun event,” he said.