A cycling group will today leave Adelaide on a seven-day trip to Shepparton to raise money for cancer research.By Estelle Griepink
Shepparton’s Graeme Weatherley has spent the past few weeks cooped up in his garage, cycling on a wind trainer for up to two hours at a time.
Tomorrow he will trade that space for the wide open road — all 905
Mr Weatherley, along with son-in-law Dale Osborne, has organised the Tour de FightBaCC (Fight Breast and Children’s Cancer).
It is a seven day bike ride from Adelaide to Shepparton aimed at raising money for life-saving cancer research.
Mr Weatherley has personally experienced the devastating effects of cancer.
His daughter Rebecca died in October 1993 after fighting T-cell lymphoma and wife Jan died in February last year after a 23-year battle with breast cancer.
‘‘The cause seems to have hit a chord with a lot of people, many people identify directly or indirectly,’’ Mr Weatherley said.
‘‘It’s been very uplifting to have that support.’’
Mr Weatherley said the cyclists had the ambitious goal of raising $100
The money will be divided between three charities — Challenge, the Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation and the Jane McGrath Foundation.
He said before the ride had started, Tour de FightBaCC had raised $75
‘‘It appears the message is getting out and about — we’ve had donations from as far as the Oakleigh Lions Club (in Melbourne) and from the north-west coast of Tasmania,’’ he said.
Mr Weatherley said his focus was on the task ahead.
‘‘It’ll certainly be an experience, most of our riders have been doing 250
‘‘We’ve got a couple of very seasoned riders who will probably go out in front.’’
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