36 fundraising cyclists and 22 support crew will ride 1,000 km from Mittagong to Newcastle from September 5-14 with the aim of raising $300,000 for Camp Quality, the children’s cancer charity.
The Glencore Camp Quality 1,000 K’s 4 Kids sees Camp Quality supporters, including several dads of children living with cancer, saddle up for one of Australia’s most scenic cycle challenges which passes through the towns of Mittagong, Tarago, Canberra, Harden, Cowra, Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee, Merriwa, Singleton and Newcastle.
The support crew of 22 volunteers offer expert medical and mechanical advice, sports massages and Camp Quality’s signature ‘fun therapy’ to motivate and energise cyclists.
Cyclist Scott Sam has completed all four of the fundraising cycle challenges for Camp Quality. Scott’s daughter Hannah was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 4. Scott said: “When Hannah was diagnosed with leukaemia, the joy in our lives was entirely depleted. Camp Quality was there to return this joy and give us the strength to overcome this roadblock.
Fun and laughter are the key ingredients of Camp Quality and what a difference this made to our family. They are true angels. I ask Hannah now what she remembers about her treatment and her reply is that she only remembers the fun times with Camp Quality. I do the Glencore 1,000 K’s 4 Kids bike ride each year to raise funds for this amazing organisation, to create fun memories for other kids like Hannah, and to help repay a debt of giving Hannah her life back.”
The cycle challenge will stop off at local schools en route where the Camp Quality puppets will do excerpts from their show which teaches pupils about how to be supportive of children living with cancer. Last year, the cycle ride visited over 50 towns and 19 schools raising $320,000 – enough to give 80 families who have a child living with cancer a healing break from the stresses of cancer for the following year.
To sponsor a rider or to find our more, visit www.mycampquality.org.au/1000ks4kids or contact Donna George on 02 4947 3041.
Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.