BIKE RIDE UNITES: Lorraine Shaw, Jan Boyd, Scott McIntyre, Robyn McIntyre and Esther Stevenson raising cancer funds.
BIKE RIDE UNITES: Lorraine Shaw, Jan Boyd, Scott McIntyre, Robyn McIntyre and Esther Stevenson raising cancer funds. Contributed

Esther, 7, hits road for cancer

HER training wheels may have only just come off last month, but that hasn't stopped Yeppoon's Esther Stevenson from riding more than 60km for children's cancer.

The seven-year-old has raised more than $500 in only eight days since registering as part of the Great Cycle Challenge, which her grandmother Jan Boyd is also participating in as part of a team for the Capricorn Coast Bicycle Users Group (BUG).

Jan lost her husband, Mike, also Esther's grandfather, to cancer four years ago, which prompted the family to get on board with the cause and do something to raise funds for cancer.

With the startling statistic that three children die of cancer every week, the Great Cycle Challenge asked riders across Australia to take on their own personal cycling challenge throughout October to fight kids' cancer.

The BUG team clocked up 1650km and raised $2651 for Kids Cancer Medical Research Institute between them.

Jan said she was very proud of her granddaughter for taking part.

"I think it's just a wonderful thing," Jan said.

Esther's mum Rebecca Stevenson said Esther couldn't wait to get on her bike and clock up the kilometres, which hasn't been difficult between rides to her grandmother's, around the yard and cycling paths.

"She's enjoyed the fact that she's raising the money for children and she's been interested in reading their stories as well," the proud mum said.

"She never really rode before this, she's more of a book reader but it's made a big change in her. I'm absolutely positive she'll be doing it again next year."

For rider Robyn McIntyre it was the little boy, Zane, whose article in The Morning Bulletin inspired her to set up the Team Challenge with members of the local Capricorn Coast Bicycle Users Group.

He is currently in hospital in Brisbane, battling cancer.

HOW TO DONATE

To donate go to greatcyclechallenge. com.au/riders/esther stevenson



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