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Tour de Cure cycles to raise $2.25m



Cycling charity group Tour de Cure has just completed its sixth yearly tour and for the financial year 2012, the charity raised more than $2.25m for cancer research, support and prevention.

The Artarmon community and neighbouring suburbs play a significant role in the support of, participation in and fund raising for Tour de Cure.

Dave Curran and Danny Moore of Artarmon; Malcolm Heath, Geoff Coombes (co-founder) and Reid Meldrum of Naremburn; and Jon Fryar of Chatswood were six of the 65 riders from around Australia who joined to cycle 1,670kms from Brisbane to Mission Beach, Qld in May this year.

Collectively, our local riders have completed 20 Tours and ridden more than 30,000km, helping to promote cancer awareness, fitness, health and nutrition.

Former Tour riders from Artarmon and Naremburn have also included Edward Curry-Hide, Paul Ainsworth, Andrew Kovaks and Caleb Jones. In Addition, the Tour has women riding each year and five females on the 2012 Tour. It would be great to see the first female cyclist from Artarmon join the 2013 ride.

What started as an idea over a coffee between two cycling mates in 2006 has quickly become a major national cycling charity, superbly supported by our local community and other communities around the country along with the corporate sector and national television coverage during the Tours thanks to Channel 7’s Sunrise program. From its first Tour in 2007, almost $8m has since been raised for specific cancer research, support and prevention projects for men, women and children suffering from or recovering from Cancer.

Artarmon Public School has been an eager supporter of Tour de Cure and has organised fund raising activities. A special one-day Tour de Cure corporate charity ride last November set off from the school, after a morning’s breakfast, cancer awareness presentation by the riders and a wonderful send off by the Artarmon School Band, led by Matthew Walmsely, with parents, teachers and students in support.

Not many other sports activities centre on excellent coffee, the ability to carry a conversion while cycling at 40kph, or be able to stop for a quick breakfast then resume training straight away.

Cancer is never far from our minds, however. Several riders and support crew have had cancer and speak openly of their experiences.

Learning of the impact of cancer, the suffering and loss drives home the true purpose of why Tour de Cure is what it is. It is bonded by a rich community strength and the true sense of “having a go to make a difference”. Collectively we, and the community of Artarmon, are doing exactly that.

by Malcolm Heath, Tour de Cure founding rider

Courtesy of Gazette August 2012
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Tour de Cure rider Lisa Healy with students
Tour de Cure rider Lisa Healy with 2011 Artarmon Public School Year 6 students

 
 


 

 

 

 
   
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