TOUR de Cure riders were given a rockstar welcome yesterday as they entered Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School after completing the first leg of their 580-kilometre country tour.
Organisers said the focus of the tour was to not only raise nearly $138,000 for cancer research, but also raise awareness of the disease.
That’s precisely why they went to the school, to raise awareness among the children, and if you ask principal Michael Croke, the effort was well and truly worth while.
“The message that they’re here spreading today about being fit and healthy to help avoid diseases such as cancer is vitally important, especially with children this age,” he said.
“We want kids to learn about cancer at an early age but not just hear about it, learn about it and take the message of being fit and healthy home with them.”
Riders left Bathurst early yesterday morning for the first leg of the tour, cycling more than 120 kilometres into strong head winds, before arriving at the school at 2.30pm.
The 42-man riding team, led by former Orange resident Adrian West, enthusiastically engaged with the students while spreading the “Be Fit, Be Healthy, and Be Happy” message.
To further spread the healthy message, country tour participants gathered with family, friends and supporters at Hotel Canobolas last night to witness Tour de Cure participants present $5000 to the Cancer Council’s Eat It To Beat It nutritional program which will help the Orange community.
Riders hit the road again this morning for a 165-kilometre trek to Young for the second leg, before riding a further 175 kilometres to Crookwell on Friday. The final leg of the tour will be 115 kilometre ride to Bunadoon on Saturday.
For more information about the journey or to make a donation visit tourdecure.com.au.