During the month of October Interchange Loddon-Mallee Region were again out in the community tackling a very serious issue. Children’s cancer.
Each year a few Interchange LMR office staff participate in the Great Cycle Challenge, where awareness and money is raised by cycling through the month of October. All proceeds go to the Children’s Medical Research Institute to help find a cure. Cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. Over 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 children die every week.
Leading into October, a few of our participants on the Our Choice Program wanted to see the group do more bicycle rides, so we embraced this idea by inviting the participants to join our team in this year’s Great Cycle Challenge.
Our very diverse team, called Interchange Bikers consisted of Office Staff, Community Facilitators, Participants and resident Hand-Cyclist Michael Taylor, (who not only rode an amazing 1,300km himself, but won the Auckland Marathon in the process – Congratulations Michael).
Together, our team pedalled 4,140km and raised over $7,500 in the month of October. Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause.
It was a great month of cycling for all involved and many had a great time riding with their friends at Interchange. There was even a chance for Rodney & John Fisher (who attend the Our Choice Program), to ride together for the first time in their lives.
Another participant, Tamati, was supported to ride a hand cycle for the first time. With the loan of a hand cycle from Michael Taylor, and peer support, Tamati felt safe in the environment and confident enough to ride the bike for the first time.
Sometimes you just don’t know where the next amazing personal milestone will come from. This time, we have to thank participant Gary Telford for suggesting that ‘his Our Choice group’ go riding together and Community Facilitator Byron Storie for loaning his bikes to the group. It was a real collaborative effort. Well done to all.