David Mansfield, Ross Anderson, Tom Henderson-Brooks and Ron Balderston are on their way to Gympie today from Kilkivan to raise money to help beat poverty.
David Mansfield, Ross Anderson, Tom Henderson-Brooks and Ron Balderston are on their way to Gympie today from Kilkivan to raise money to help beat poverty. Contributed

Smashing Cycles of Poverty riders pedal into Kilkivan

A TEAM of cyclists pedalling 2500 km between Sydney, Brisbane and Noosa dropped in at Kilkivan yesterday in an attempt to raise $1 million.

The cyclists are raising money to help smash the devastating cycles of poverty overseas and in Australia.

The cyclists pedalled into Kilkivan around 3pm yesterday and will depart on the 110km leg to Noosa via Gympie at 7.30 this morning.

One of the riders, Patrick Kennedy, said the cyclists had pedalled more than 1200km in the last fortnight and were amazed by the reception they were receiving from motorists.

"People are waving, tooting their horns and getting right out of our way. They are being very gracious," Pat said.

Noosa is the halfway point of the ride.

Anglican Aid CEO David Mansfield said his small band of cyclists was making the massive trek to Noosa Heads and return to Sydney in order to try to raise $1 million for the more than 1.3 billion people in the world who live on around $1 a day.

"With over 20,000 children under the age of five dying every day from preventable causes, such as hunger, the Smashing Cycles of Poverty is a race against time as we try to save as many people in the developing world as possible," Reverend Mansfield said.

Gympie Times


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