BRIGHTLY coloured lycra has filled the region in recent days as riders from across the country do their bit for doing their bit to support Camp Quality.
Riders from all walks of life have hit the road to support Camp Quality’s 1000 Ks 4 Kids annual bike ride.
The ride began in Maleny last week and passed through Gunnedah on Thursday.
The ride will finish in Warners Bay on Sunday and once complete the dedicated riders will have traveled 1000 kilometres in 10 days and raised vital funds giving kids growing up with cancer access to Camp Quality programs and services across the country.
Charity rider Andy Olrich said the cause was close to his heart.
“A couple of my friends have done it over the last two years and I was looking for something to do to honour my nephew Damon who we lost to Leukemia a few years ago,” Mr Olrich said.
“I also knew a bit about Camp Quality and what kind of things they do to help sick kids and their families.”
Mr Olrich said a lot of preparation had gone into participating in the ride.
“I had a bike when I was 14 and that was pretty much it until I bought a bike in January this year for this event,” he said.
“I did all the training these guys recommended and once I passed the qualifiers I was good to go.”
The Maitland local said his fellow riders helped him through “the hard parts”.
“Even though it is so important to do this I think if I was on my own I would have got off the bike,” he said.
“The comrade and teamwork that I have experienced here are something I will never forget.
“This is the best experience I have ever had and I am so proud to have ticked past $16,000 raised.
“It’s all for a good cause and I am just so glad to have been able to help.”
- To donate visit fundraise.campquality.org.au/event/1000ks-4-kids-newcastle/home