Pedalling for cure to cancer
GYMPIE cyclist Randal Bishop will again line up with nine other riders to conduct the third annual Bridge to Bridge Cycle Charity Ride on Saturday.
This year the Bridge to Bridge riders will depart from Brisbane's Story Bridge for the classic eight-day 1000km trek via Warwick, the New England Tableland and the Hunter Valley arriving at the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the following Saturday afternoon.
These charity rides, organised by Randall Bishop and a team of dedicated supporters have so far collectively raised almost $75,000 for the Cure for Life Foundation. The foundation's focus is research into better ways of detecting, managing and hopefully curing brain cancer.
Randall, who lost his daughter to an aggressive tumour in 2009, 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 1400 Australians will be diagnosed with brain cancer each year, of which more than 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," Randall said.
Randall will be joined on the ride by fellow veteran rider and organiser, Mark Driver. Mark, who has participated in all previous rides, said that the events were a real eye opener to the extent that brain cancer affects Australian society.
"I suppose that is where gestures like the ride can help - ordinary people like Randall and the team doing the voluntary fundraising for the necessary research - and building that awareness through the broader community of the need to tackle this dreadful disease" Mark said.
This year the riding team will include six staff from the LJ Hooker office located in Brisbane's Sunnybank.
"It is great that this group is involved," Randall said.
"Each ride seems to bring a different group of people, each with their own dynamic, skills to get the message across and ways to raise funding. We are really off to a flying start this time "