Ken to cycle for Joy and children
KEN Davis is a man with a plan and he's doing it for all the right reasons.
After losing his wife Joy to cystic fibrosis in December 2009, the Mt Chalmers man went "downhill" for a period of time, finding it hard to deal with the loss.
"She was 62 when she died but she had a good life, we'd been married for 39 years," the 65-year-old said yesterday.
But it was the regular visits to the cystic fibrosis children's ward in Brisbane that really motivated Ken to give something back.
The retiree plans to ride from Rockhampton Hospital to Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.
"We would go down for treatments three or four times a year, and we were always looked after really well with accommodation, but seeing the little ones, it really tears at the heart strings because they've never been able to live their life," Ken said.
The former boilermaker and linesman rigger said he had always enjoyed bike riding to keep fit but never did it competitively.
"I plan to ride about 70km a day so I think I'll be able to get there between 10 and 15 days," he said.
Ken will also be riding with an entourage along the Bruce Hwy, after being approached by friends who wanted to support the cause.
"One fellow who will be coming with me had a friend whose daughter has cystic fibrosis, so he wanted to come along," he said.
"Safety is my biggest concern, we'll have a support vehicle but I am a bit concerned about the road."
Ken plan's to embark on his journey in May, and arrive just before the 65 Roses Day on May 25.
To donate to Ken's bike ride go to www.everydayhero.com.au or contact Ken on 49 344 214 or 0400 095 832, or Andrea (Ken's daughter) on 4928 5795 or 0419 159 125 if you'd like to get involved with the ride.