More than 60 riders are participating in the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia charity cycle throughout the Southern Downs.
More than 60 riders are participating in the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia charity cycle throughout the Southern Downs.

Pedal-power to raise funds

ON your bikes, get set and go for the seventh annual Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia fundraising bicycle event.

More than 60 keen riders aged between 12 and 75 departed from Dalveen yesterday on a five-day trek across the Darling Downs to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute.

The event is an initiative of the Lions Club of Kallangur, and member of the club Len Woodward said, “We always choose a route on the Darling Downs as it has the safest roads and the hospitality we receive from the local Lions clubs in the area is outstanding”.

“Last year the event raised over $60,000 and with all entrants required to raise a minimum of $250 to participate, the total is already over $20,000 for this year,” Mr Woodward said.

Cyclists from all over Queensland were in high spirits for the marathon effort, with the majority of participants being social club riders.

The event has been designed for people of all abilities, with four riding categories, the fastest being 25kmhs and over and the slowest up to 15kmhs.

Local Jacque Bodimeade said, “This is my fourth year on the ride, it’s a lot of fun and very rewarding.”

This year Mrs Bodimeade has raise a staggering $2300 for the Children’s Cancer Institute thanks to a couple of major sponsors.

The Children’s Cancer Institute’s Community Events executive Leah Harapa flew from Sydney to be present at the start of the ride.

Miss Harapa said, “We really appreciate what the Lions club and all the participants do as we rely on the support of communities to raise much-needed funds. We have just had a new research centre built which currently employs 150 researchers.

“The money raised from this event will assist in employing more researchers who work diligently to find a cure for children’s cancer.”

Riders will be journeying to Stanthorpe, Inglewood, Cecil Plains and Pittsworth before finishing in Warwick on Saturday at the Cowboys clubhouse around 4pm, followed by a dinner at the Warwick Golf Club on Saturday night, which the Warwick Lions Club has organised.

Warwick Lions Club member Jeff Fergusson said, “We are proud to be associated with this event and it is great to see so many people assisting to raise money for children’s cancer research”.



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