Ian gets on his bike to raise funds for kids’ cancer research
Losing someone to cancer is traumatic, but to lose a child from the insidious disease is hard to imagine.
Sadly three Australian children die each week from cancer, and 600 are diagnosed each year. These sobering statistics have inspired Halcyon Glades homeowner Ian Snare to raise money to help researchers find a cure.
Ian plans to cycle 500km in the Great Cycle Challenge, an event started in 2013 to raise money for Children’s Cancer Research.
The event has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in Australia and brings together people of all ages, abilities, and from every state across the country set themselves a personal riding goal and challenge themselves to pedal throughout October to fight kids’ cancer.
In six years, 55,774 riders from all six states and two territories have ridden a total of 13,341,418km, raising, $16,300,890 in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.
Ian said his reason for participating is a simple one. Kids should get to be kids.
“Children should be out experiencing life and learning, not fighting cancer,” he said.
“The more we can do to fight children’s cancer the better, and by improving children’s cancer research and outcomes these children can start to dream big, and aim for the goals in life that we take for granted.”
To clock up the 500km Ian is planning many rides throughout October in and around Caboolture.
“I am currently riding 18 to 30 km per day, sometimes 50 km plus, so I think I have a fair chance of doing more than 500 km for the month and reaching my goal,” he said.
If you would like to support Ian’s Great Cycle Challenge simply head across to Ian’s fundraising page at https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/IanSnare