1000km Bicycle Ride for Cancer Care
The South West Australian Big Bike Trek
Raising funds for Solaris Cancer Care and Lift the Lid on Mental Health.
Most of us know of someone who has suffered or died from cancer, and many of us understand that mental health and associated diseases are a challenge in today’s society.
Please support Dave Castro and Tony Critchley who have pledged to cycle 1000km around South West Australia in a South Bunbury Rotary initiative to raise $20,000 for Solaris Cancer Care & Lift the Lid on Mental Illness.
Sonya, Tony's daughter, in the photo above, was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and had two operations within three weeks. Her first was a breast mastectomy followed by a further operation to remove cancerous nodes.
Sonya has just completed twelve weeks of chemotherapy and now begins five weeks of radiation. After radiation she will undergo hormone treatment for 10 years, and possibly more.
Solaris Cancer Care support all cancer sufferers during and post treatment caring for their emotional and physical needs.
"Visiting Solaris I realised the importance of ensuring this care continues. Solaris is a not for profit organisation which needs funds to continue their important work. Professional and office workers give their time for free," explained Tony.
Lift the Lid on Mental Illness is an Australian Rotary Health’s initiative to raise funds for mental health research.
Dave and Tony set off on 7th June, 2018.
The route will take them from Bunbury to Busselton, Margaret River, Nannup, Bridgetown, Manjimup, Mt Barker, Albany, Gnowangerup, Broomhill, Katanning, Kojonup, Wagin, Darkin, Collie and back to Bunbury. In total, 1000km.
Along the way they hope to visit 12 South West Rotary Clubs.
Jo will be providing back up support for the duration of the ride.
Your donations large or small are hugely appreciated.
And they're off! First section today from Bunbury to Busselton 65kms - 935 to go!.7 riders joined Tony and Dave on the first leg. The weather started off with showers but when they set off it cleared up and the sun came out. GWN TV covered the send off and Mayor or Bunbury Gary Brennan gave a great speech, so too Nola Marino, MP Member for Forrest. More photos and TV clip can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/southbunburyrotaryclub/ and https://facebook.com/lifestylefifty. Cheers Everyone and thanks for your support.
Tony and Dave have just had their final planning get together and are ready for the "OFF" on Thursday from Bunbury. Their first ride will be from Bunbury to Busselton. If you'd like to come and wave them goodbye, they'd love that! I'll be posting regular updates about their rides on South Bunbury Rotary Facebook Page as well as photos and stories on Lifestyle Fifty ( https://lifestylefifty.com) Cheers, Jo
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to the campaign so far. Tony and Dave feel honoured that you have so generously supported their cause to raise funds for these two worthy charities. We have thanked everyone personally via email, but just want to say Thank You Thank You again. Oh and if you can Share this campaign on your Facebook page, that would be doubly awesome :) Cheers, Tony, Dave and Jo