Thirty bike riders had a stopover in Guyra on Tuesday as they made their way from Ipswich to Newcastle to raise funds and awareness for Camp Quality. They began their ride in Ipswich on September 7 and aim to complete their journey at the Junction Hotel in Newcastle in time for Sunday lunch.
As they made their way down the New England Highway they have visited schools spreading the word about who Camp Quality is, what they do and why they are doing this ride.
They made a stopover for lunch in Guyra on Tuesday which was prepared and served by the Guyra Lions Club, who were supported in their efforts by local businesses White’s Butchery, Kirks IGA and Rafters Restaurant.
It had not been all smooth sailing for the riders who had to cancel a planned school visit in Guyra following a family tragedy affecting one of the riders. The death of his son in a bus accident in Singleton had deeply affected all the riders, but they were keen to continue as planned.
Thirty riders and 15 support crew are participating in the ride. They are Camp Quality volunteers and supporters, camp companions and mums and dads with children living with cancer.
Camp Quality fundraising coordinator, Donna George said that these are ordinary people doing the extraordinary.
“There are people doing this cycle ride who have had to buy a bike especially – and they are covering 110 km a day!” she said.
“It’s is an amazing challenge for them to complete and we keep them motivated with ‘special jersey’ awards every night and Camp Quality style fun therapy, laughter and games.”
Ms George said they are on target to raise $200,000 with plans already in place for a similar ride next year.
Guyra Lions David Mills and Jim Betts joined riders, Kempy, Wayne, Heath, Nathan, Clint, Carol, Michael, Damien, Scotty Kristy and Mick for lunch
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