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Mates are ‘ride on’ to raise cash for cancer

LONG RIDE: Sean and Tom Kelly pass through Bundaberg on their mammoth ride from Melbourne to Cains raising money for the McGrath Foundation. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail
LONG RIDE: Sean and Tom Kelly pass through Bundaberg on their mammoth ride from Melbourne to Cains raising money for the McGrath Foundation. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail Scottie Simmonds

TWENTY-NINE days, 4000km and $20,000 - this is the ambitious goal two mates have set themselves as they cycle from Melbourne to Cairns to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.

Sean Kelly said the idea for the ride came about after Tom Kelly, 22, was diagnosed and successfully treated for testicular cancer in October, 2011.

"He also lost his grandmother to breast cancer in 2008, so he is very aware of the impact of cancer," he said.

"Tom wanted to give something back to the cancer community."

Sean Kelly (right) from Canberra and Tom Kelly from Central NSW are riding from Melbourne to Cairns to raise funds for prostate cancer research, and are passing through Kawana today. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sean Kelly (right) from Canberra and Tom Kelly from Central NSW are riding from Melbourne to Cairns to raise funds for prostate cancer research, and are passing through Kawana today. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

If all goes according to plan, the two cyclists, recently joined by Tom's sister Matilda, hope to arrive in Cairns on Australia Day for a double celebration.

"That should be great," said Sean. He both and Tom were regular cyclists but had done little training before their epic adventure.

"We're just relying on good old mental toughness," he said.

Sean said the pair had raised more than $10,000 so far and with less than two weeks remaining, hoped to reach their target.

"We have had a lot of support along the way," he said.
 

Epic  journey

29 days

4000km

130km a day

Longest day 232km

To donate visit melbourne2cairns.org/
 

 

 

Topics:  cyclists, mcgrath foundation




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