200km bike ride with meaning
YEPPOON man Allan Twidale will embark on the longest bike ride of his life for a cause close to his heart.
The 39-year-old will take part in The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer on August 18 and 19 to benefit Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).
The QR National logistics supervisor will ride for 200km over two days through the countryside with a night of camping to support research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at QIMR.
After having two loved ones touched by the disease, Allan thought participating in the event was a way to give back.
"My niece was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two years old and after many months of therapy I am happy to say that she is now 19 years old," Allan said.
"On a more sombre note, I have dedicated this ride to my mum as she was not so lucky.
"Mum was also diagnosed with a form of leukemia (CLL) about six years ago."
Allan's mother lost her battle with cancer on December 13, 2010.
"She was one of a kind and impossible to be replaced," he said.
Allan said raising money for the cause was fast becoming a family affair.
"My son wants to shave his head and my daughter is going to colour her hair on Shave for a Cure day," the proud father said.
Rockhampton's Tuckers Cycle Inn will sponsor Allan on the ride.
To help Allan reach his $10,000 goal, visit: www.conquercancer.org.au to make a donation online, or call 1-300-11-RIDE (7433).