Charity ride raises $85,000



FORMER Rockhampton cyclist Lorian Graham is proving a success in many facets of life.

Still unable to ride or work after a training accident in Germany during July this year, Graham is now trying her hand at fundraising for the Amy Gillett Safe Foundation ? in honour of her AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) team-mate who was killed in the Germany accident.

Graham was instrumental in helping organise the Amy Gillett Foundation Charity ride, which started in Maitland, New South Wales, on December 3 and finished in Brisbane yesterday.

The ride, which attracted the interest of Australia's international stars like Robbie McEwen, Brad McGee and Baden Cooke and aimed to raise awareness between motorists and cyclists, raised around $85,000.

"It's been so self-rewarding for me and I'm doing it for Amy and for Louise (Yaxley), Kate (Nichols), Katie (Brown) and Alexis (Rhodes),'' said Graham, speaking of her other AIS teammates who were also involved in the tragic accident.

"I still can't ride or work so I'll keep busy supporting the Foundation.''

The AIS team-mates have twice met since returning home from Germany.

They attended the AIS women's road cycling training camp in Canberra last week, Graham taking a quick break from the charity ride, after first catching up at the Cycling Australia awards dinner in Sydney last month.

Graham welcomed the chance to catch-up with her team-mates in Sydney.

"We were dressed up and wearing make-up ? the last time we saw each other was in hospital gowns and not looking our best,'' she said.

"It's a bit daunting going into the camp with girls they are testing for your spot, but the program can't stop.''

Graham and her team-mates have been offered AIS medical scholarships to assist in their rehabilitation.



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