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    2018 - 11.21

    Twelve cyclists who are riding their way to a cure for brain cancer as part of the fifth annual Bridge to Bridge Cycle Charity Ride, passed through Guyra on Tuesday.
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    Randal Bishop (far left) welcomed the local support from Cr Dot Vickery, Peter Malcolm, David Mills, Judi Wark and Peter Stewart

    Cyclist Randal Bishop is leading the riders on the classic 1000km, eight-day challenge, with monies raised going to the Cure for Brain Cancer Foundation.

    Each year since 2011 riders have done the trek from Brisbane’s Story Bridge to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, cycling via Warwick, through the Northern Tablelands, Tamworth and the Hunter Valley before finishing at Dawes Park under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    The rides, which are organised by Randal and a team of dedicated supporters, have collectively raised over $150,000 for the foundation so far.

    Councillor Dot Vickery welcomed the cyclists to Guyra over a cup of coffee at Rafters.

    “This is a very worthwhile cause and we admire the commitment shown by all involved,” Cr Vickery said. “These visitors are more than welcome in the shire.”

    Randal lost his daughter to an aggressive tumour in 2009 and is concerned that while this disease remains one of the most understudied cancers – receiving relatively small amounts of research funding – it causes so much economic and social distress.

    “About 1,400 Australians will be diagnosed with brain cancer each year, of which over 1,100 will die prematurely from their tumours.”

    “While brain cancer continues to cause more deaths in children and adults under 40 than any other type of cancer, it is concerning that there have been no significant recorded improvements in survival rates in almost 20 years,” Randal said.

    The foundation’s focus is research into better ways of detecting, managing and hopefully curing brain cancer.

    Randal is joined this year by a first time family team. Sydney based, Tracey Weatherstone and her uncle, Greg, who flew all the way from his home in Perth, are riding in support of Tracey’s brother Marc who has been battling the disease.

    “Gestures like this ride really help – ordinary people like us doing the voluntary fundraising for the necessary research – and building that awareness through the broader community of the need to tackle this dreadful disease,” Tracey said.

    “While our focus is understandably on my brother, we hope our actions will benefit the broader community as well. That is why we are speaking to a number of schools and community groups along the way.”

    Another first time rider Michael Snell, who travelled from Darwin to begin the ride in Brisbane, said the event was a real eye opener to the extent that brain cancer affects Australian society.

    “I am impressed by the support that the ride gets along the way,” Michael said. “There is a lot to be said about the generosity and hospitality of the communities along the New England highway.”

    “All the help we get from the old and new friends adds to the excellent support that we are already getting from councils, restaurants, cafes, bike shops, community groups and individuals both from where we live and along the way,” Randal added.

    “It is great that local riders, Peter Malcolm, Judi Wark and Dave Mills rode with us from Guyra to Armidale. That gesture was a great boost, especially to our new riders, in our fourth day in the saddle.

    “We really appreciate all types of gestures and support,” Randal said. “Without them the ride would not get off the ground to raise the money and the awareness required for brain cancer research – and an ultimate cure.It all helps.”

    To sponsor or donate to the charity ride visit the website http://梧桐夜网curebraincancer.org419论坛/my-fundraising/8349/bridge-to-bridge-2015

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