Pedal power and passion

Gympie Cyclist Sue Laird will be riding for Smiddy and her late husband James to help Little Haven Palliative Care.
Gympie Cyclist Sue Laird will be riding for Smiddy and her late husband James to help Little Haven Palliative Care. Craig Warhurst

LOCAL cyclist Sue Kirkpatrick-Laird is putting her passion to work to raise funds for Gympie’s Little Haven Palliative Care and Smiling for Smiddy.

Sue loves to cycle and will be participating in a 560 kilometre bicycle ride from Brisbane to Toowoomba and Warwick and back in just three days in May.

Little Haven Palliative Care and cancer research are causes very close to Sue’s heart. Sadly her husband James passed away in July 2009 after a two and a half year cancer illness at only 48 years of age.

“Little Haven assisted and supported me to care for James in our own home the last few months of his life,” Sue said.

“They played a vital role in enhancing the quality of our lives during our journey with cancer.

“Without their ongoing dedicated tireless help and support I know our journey with cancer would have been much more challenging.

“I have experienced first hand Little Haven’s remarkable services and heartfelt assistance at the most critical time of a person’ battle with cancer,” she said.

Since James’s passing, along with the continued love and support from Sue’s family and friends, Little Haven has been helping her to adjust to a life without James.

They have provided her with bereavement support and complementary therapies.

“Raising funds for Little Haven will assist them to continue to provide invaluable services within our community,” Sue said. Smiling for Smiddy was created to commemorate the life of Adam Smiddy who passed away in August 2006 after a short battle against an aggressive cancer at just 26 years of age.

Midi-Smiddy (the ride Sue is doing) is a spin off from its parent event, the eight day Bottlemart Smiling for Smiddy cycling Challenge from Brisbane to Townsville.

Since 2006 Smiling for Smiddy has raised more than $1.1 million for cancer research.

The Mater Foundation is the major beneficiary with funds supporting prostate cancer research, melanoma drug trials and complementary therapies for cancer patients.

For further information about Smiling for Smiddy you can visit their website at

Sue and James, along with a number of other local cycling enthusiasts, have been involved with Smiling for Smiddy the last few years. Each year in preparation for the Smiddy ride from Brisbane to Townsville the group undertakes a training ride from Brisbane to Gympie and return in just two days. It is through Sue’s experience with Little Haven and her relationship with Smiling for Smiddy that they have graciously agreed to donate part of the funds Sue raises to Little Haven in memory of James.

“I find it very rewarding to be making a valuable contribution to my local community by putting my passion to work and raising funds for Little Haven and to support the greater cause of cancer research in the hope for a cure one day”.

If you would like to help make a difference to people whose lives are affected by cancer you can support Sue by visiting her online donation page at: If you would prefer to make a cash donation please contact Sue on 5483 1955 or 0439 338 449.

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