29 riders representing Ignatius Park College have pedalled more than 3000 hours in preparation for one of the biggest challenges they will ever achieve: The Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride. The ride, in it 21st year, raises money and awareness for Children’s Cancer. The ride departs Townsville on the Thursday 25th and traverses the 358km to Cairns.
Visiting Ignatius Park College this Wednesday at 10.30am, will be Anne Johnston, head of Marketing of the Children’s Cancer Institute. Anne will be explaining the importance of why the ride is vital for their research and the many hours of training the boys put in are important to the cause. The boys’ hard work of fund raising will be going towards the only independent medical research institute in Australia, wholly dedicated to childhood cancer. The Children’s Institute of Cancers focus is on transitional research, making sure their discoveries are progressed into actual treatments for children with cancer as quickly as possible.
Paul Bruce, teacher and team leader said “the challenge of riding for the boys, is accepted openly as they know that they are doing it for a worthy cause. They realise that their hours of the 5am early morning rides before school, is insignificant in comparison to the challenge the children have suffering from cancer. As a community, Ignatius Park College wants to ensure that we are playing our part in assisting in the funding towards the research.”