Monique Newson and Cleo with Gavin Peacock and Chop Chop. Photo: AMY McINTYREA 2500-kilometre horse ride from Victoria to Queensland has stopped in Dubbo in a bid to raise money for cancer.
Three riders have set up camp at the Dubbo Showgrounds and are raising money for cancer treatment and community cars for patients.
Yass resident Chris Bratton and riding companions Gavin Peacock and Monique Newson were among 200 riders travelling the long route to Queensland. Their journey began at Mildura on August 12.
“What started out as a crazy idea turned into reality when I put the call out on Facebook, and over 200 people responded with their interest,” Mr Bratton said.
He said the aim was to raise up to $1 million for chemotherapy treatment and to provide community cars to take patients to their appointments.
“A lot of charities raise money for cancer research, and that money usually goes overseas. I want the money to stay in Australia and to benefit all cancer patients in rural and regional areas, as a lot of those people don’t often get the help they need,” he said.
He said they also wanted to raise awareness to have horses travelling on roads. The trio started their journey to Dubbo along the Midland Highway.
“We’re making a statement and, I hope, a difference in people’s lives,” he said.
The trio will make their way about Dubbo collecting money for Cancer Council NSW today.
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