Cycling across the globe to fight cancer two wheels at a time

THERE aren't many people who can say they are cycling across the globe, but Irishman Shane O'Callaghan is a man on a mission.

The 25-year-old from Cork, in Ireland, is cycling his way from Sydney to Cairns and then on to Asia and the Middle East in a bid to cycle 20,000 kilometres and raise 20,000 euros (about $30,000 AUD) to fight cancer. 

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Stopping by in Bundaberg, the consultancy firm worker said he was excited to finally meet the birthplace of Bundaberg Ginger Beer and hoped he could visit the brewery.

"The Bundaberg Ginger Beer is amazing," he said.

"I'm addicted."

But there was another reason Mr O'Callaghan fell in love with the region - unlike a glass of sparkling ginger beer, Bundaberg was appealing, he said, because it was so flat. 

"I'm so happy it's flat," he said.

"People have just been really, really nice.

"Bundaberg was one of the highlights of my trip."

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Mr O'Callaghan, who has worked in London, Berlin and Sydney, said supporting the fight against cancer was a cause close to his heart, along with his sense of adventure.

"There's two aspects," he said.

"One is I love to travel. I left my home in Cork two years ago.

"I wanted to travel back home from Sydney, so I said I'd cycle back and do it for something other than myself and do it for cancer."

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He said the effects of cancer were far-reaching and he had seen first-hand the pain caused to families. 

"I had a few people close to me who have had cancer and passed away from cancer," Mr O'Callaghan said.

"The amount of stress and torture people go through is something people don't understand unless they go through it."

Mr O'Callaghan said he was yet to meet his 20,000 euro target, but was hopeful enough donations would pour in for his chosen charity, Cork ARC Cancer Support House.

"I've given myself a goal of 20,000 euros, if I achieve above and beyond it'd be fantastic," he said.

"One hundred per cent of donations go to the charity."

Check out next Saturday where we chat to Shane in our regular 10 Things About You article. 


Shane O'Callaghan on his visit to Bundaberg.
Shane O'Callaghan on his visit to Bundaberg. Mike Knott

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