The ‘‘1000 Ks for Kids’’ charity bike ride for cancer awareness saw 46 dedicated riders leave Benalla at the crack of dawn on Friday, September 8, headed to Warners Bay, NSW.
The event, arranged by Camp Quality, will see riders push themselves physically and mentally to raise awareness and funds for children growing up with cancer.
This year’s ride, which will travel from Benalla passing through areas that are home to several families impacted by cancer, aims to raise $500000.
Simon Morris is a childhood cancer survivor who is taking part in the event for the second time.
He has come a long way since being diagnosed with Leukaemia in 1989 and sees himself participating for as long as he is able.
‘‘I remember when I was in hospital, away from my family, it felt like I was watching the world pass by through my window,’’ Mr Morris said.
‘‘Now that I’m out the other end, it was instinctive for me to give back to the organisation who allowed me to feel like a kid again.
‘‘The ride is extremely tough, mentally and physically.
‘‘I find motivation to keep pedaling when I think of others who weren’t as lucky as me. I ride in their memory.’’
As a part of Camp Quality’s Primary School Education Program and to celebrate the week-long ride, puppets Kylie, Mel and Dean will visit schools in towns along the route teaching kids about cancer.
Mr Morris is passionate about this cause and says the event helps to raise much-needed funds, so Camp Quality can keep running these programs.
‘‘It creates an opportunity for us as a group of riders and our support crew to visit schools along the way with the Camp Quality puppets to spread the power of positivity and teach kids about cancer,’’ he said.
‘‘The riders are super excited about the route this year, and we are stoked Benalla will be our starting point. I can’t wait to spend the night getting to know the locals.’’
Camp Quality has been working to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia since 1983.
It provides innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children under 14 growing up with cancer, and their families.
Another example of this is their companion program, which connects a child living with cancer to an adult who has lived through the tough experience.
Camp Quality is a registered, not-for-profit, children’s cancer charity that relies on the generosity of everyday Australians to operate their programs and events.
●It is too late to sponsor a rider, but donations can be made to Camp Quality at any time by visiting www.campquality.org.au/donate