Who in their right mind would ride for 24 hours around an outdoor velodrome?
Paul Dalton, a Bendigo-based cyclist, that’s who. Paul will undertake a gruelling ‘Ride24’ feat from 10am Friday 3rd March to 10am Saturday 4th March 2017 in support of the McGrath Foundation’s mission to raise money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities’ right across Australia.
Riding laps of the Tom Flood Sports Centre in Bendigo Victoria, Paul’s objective is to raise funds for the foundation as well as increase national breast awareness in young women. His inspiration to take up the challenge is his sister Janette who has stage four breast cancer. Her strength and courage to tackle her illness head on over the past two years has provided Paul with the determination needed to undertake the challenge and raise his target of $10,000 for the foundation.
McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director, Tracy Bevan, says the organisation continues to be blown away by the support from Australian communities. Ms Bevan said this support goes a long way in helping the Foundation towards its mission to ensure every family in Australia experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse no matter where they live or their financial situation.
“We are proud to have funded over 110 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working nationally who, together, have supported over 49,0000 families experiencing breast cancer. Events like this are truly helping us to make a difference,” she added.
With Bendigo renowned for its large number of cyclists, whether they be social or competitive, the amount of riders around the town is sight to behold. The historic town hosts the International Madison annually at the Tom Flood Sports Centre which attracts local, national and international riders. Bike riders share a common passion and stick together and it will be great to have local and visiting riders join Paul at different stages during the 24 hours of the event.
The wider Bendigo community and beyound are encouraged to attend the velodrome to support Paul over the 24 hours. Entry will be via gold coin donation to Tom Flood Sports Centre. There will be a BBQ, coffee cart and Southern Cross Austereo 3BO FM will be broadcasting live from the event from 9am – 12pm on Friday 3rd March 2017.
Businesses and individuals can help by providing sponsorship to cover some of the major costs such as venue hire, infrastructure and equipment hire or by donating any amount to Paul’s GoFundraise page at https://www.gofundraise.com.au/page/PaulDalton
Save The Date
Who: Mitch Trevena 0497 921 606 or Paul Dalton 0417 502 201
Where: Tom Flood Sports Centre Velodrome Bendigo Victoria
When: 10am Friday 3rd March to 10am Saturday 4th March 2017
Why: Funds raised via donations will be donated in full to the McGrath Foundation Cost: Entry to the event is via gold coin donation