Two staff from Killara Golf Club in Sydney are taking part in the Tour de Cure Ride to raise money for cancer research.
The Tour de Cure has a long standing history, having raised more than $52 million and funded 29 significant cancer breakthroughs since 2007. 1 in 2 men and women are affected by cancer by the age of 85 making it a disease that affects most people in their lifetime one way or another.
The tour starts on 26th March to 3rd April, riding for 9 days and 1,400 kms with an elevation of 14,000 m. The ride commences in Newcastle then winds its way through the Hunter Valley, Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Warwick, Ipswich, Caboolture and ending in Noosa Heads.
Phil Allerton, groundsman and Chris Roe, third year apprentice at Killara GC, have been utilising half days on Wednesday for racking up the kms. According to Phil, "Anything from 50 - 70 km. Also NSW state training squad have regular Sunday rides. Ranging from 90 - 130 kms. Which we have been attending over the last few months. My Odo is reading over 2000km since our campaign began. Chris would be much the same. Also we commute to work by bike. Two more weeks and we'll be on way to Noosa."
Like most people, Phil and Chris have both had people close to them affected by cancer and are riding in support of those near and dear to them. Phil's wife was treated in 2017 for early stage breast cancer, and Chris' mum was diagnosed and fought breast cancer three times over the last 20+ years. Each of them are aiming to raise $12,000 in the coming weeks to support cancer research.
Chris and Phil would be very grateful for any support they receive. Click here to support them any way you can.
The ASTMA would like to wish them luck in their training and long journey from Newcastle to Noosa Heads.