ANDY Willis has just set off on his annual bike ride to raise money for cancer research.
The CanTeen Bandanna Day Bike Ride organiser left Bega at 9am today on a solo rode around the local area.
The event is Bega's biggest cycling fundraiser, helping to raise funds for the charity that “supports, develops and empowers young people living with cancer”.
Mr Willis is riding solo, while Velocity Health and Fitness Club is hosting a virtual ride tonight.
As of 9am today, around $3500 had been generated for CanTeen, including $1740 through the event’s official fundraising page.
Mr Willis said the 2013 event was shaping up nicely.
“It’s all on track, it’s all good,” he said.
“We asked everyone to dig in and help us reach our target of $5000.”
Mr Willis will lead an “unofficial” ride today, with interested people asked to meet outside the Bega Post Office at 9am.
Participants will ride through Kalaru, down Sapphire Coast Drive to Merimbula, before returning to Bega via the highway and Wolumla.
The virtual ride will then take place from 6pm at Velocity Health and Fitness Club.
The group will be taken on a “ride” through Lake Como, Italy, up the Port de Bales in France, before finishing with a descent down the Swiss Alps.
The footage was shot by Mr Willis, with the Port de Bales ride coinciding with the Tour de France in 2010.
Mr Willis said participants could pedal at their own pace, but would be “encouraged” to ride harder at times.
Velocity owner Aine Farrell said the gym was very honoured to host this year’s virtual ride.
Ms Farrell said around 20 cycling enthusiasts were taking part.
“Each of the riders has been getting sponsors on board to raise funds,” she said.
“It will be a fun get together and I’m sure there will be a few sore legs after!”
Ms Farrell said there were plenty of health benefits for participants.
“The ride will be a mixture of fun, a cardiovascular workout and a satisfying ride, knowing that each person is making a difference.”
CanTeen bandannas will be available to purchase at Elders Tathra, and the Velocity gym.
For more information or to donate, visit www.everydayhero.com.au and search for “BandannaDayBikeRide”.
Buy a bandanna
AUSTRALIANS are being encouraged to buy and wear a CanTeen bandanna today to show their support for young people living with cancer.
National Bandanna Day is the annual fundraising and awareness campaign run by youth cancer charity CanTeen.
“Every year another 23,000 young people have to face the challenge of cancer – whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of their parent, brother or sister,” CanTeen CEO Peter Orchard said.
“CanTeen supports young people along every step of their cancer journey by providing specialist services to help them cope with the physical, emotional and social impact of living with cancer.
“Young people at CanTeen wear their bandannas with pride and attitude to show they’re fighting cancer together.
“They want Australians everywhere to join them so please buy and wear a CanTeen bandanna this October to show you support their fight and that you’ve got attitude too.”
CanTeen has launched a virtual bandanna Facebook app this year, which allows users to superimpose their chosen bandanna style and colour on to one of their Facebook photos.
People can then get their virtual bandanna for a $2 donation (or more if they choose) and share it with their social networks.
Traditional bandannas will also be on sale throughout October.
To buy a virtual bandanna or to find out where traditional bandannas will be on sale in your area, visit www.bandannaday.com.au.