Mary Valley girl Mandy Watt is ready to undertake an epic journey in the name of raising vital funds for the Cancer Council.
Mary Valley girl Mandy Watt is ready to undertake an epic journey in the name of raising vital funds for the Cancer Council. Contributed

Mandy gears up to tackle charity ride

MARY Valley girl Mandy Watt will ride as part of the Horse Ride for Cancer Team in August this year to help raise funds for Cancer Council research.

The ride spans about 80 days, starting at Mildura in Victoria, passing through New South Wales and ending in Queensland in late October.

Mandy will be the only Queenslander, joining 10 others from New South Wales and Victoria, attempting the entire distance of 2545 kilometres covering three states. More than 200 other riders with volunteer supports crews will participate over shorter distances.

Support for the riders is taking on various forms during the journey, with volunteers providing ground crew services, support vehicles, veterinary and farrier services.

Communities across the three states where riders will stop overnight are providing showgrounds and pony club facilities to cater for the fundraisers.

"The support from across the country to allow this epic ride to happen is providing an amazing opportunity for people like me to fundraise for the valuable work the Cancer Council does," Mandy said.

Mandy and Ali, her 11-year-old Arab, have been training in the Mary Valley in preparation for the ride and the six-day trip to Mildura. She said she appreciated Southern Cross Horse Transport for their significant support towards shipping Ali to Victoria to start this epic journey and fundraising effort.

Mandy asks people to support this cause by helping her fundraise. She said people can do this by donating money, offering items for HRFC organised raffles or by sponsoring her on a "per day or per kilometre" basis. The event is an approved Cancer Council fundraiser.

Mandy will be at all Sunday Gympie markets during July and can be contacted on 0488 969 408 or her facebook page 'Mandy & Ali's Epic Ride for Cancer Research'.

Further information about the ride can be seen at the Horse Ride for Cancer web page horserideforcancer.com.au

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