Cycling to end polio

Grafton’s Rob Byrne (centre) and members of the Salisbury Rotary Club. Mr Byrne is cycling between Grafton and Cairns to raise money for Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign, stopping at local Rotary Clubs along the way.
Grafton’s Rob Byrne (centre) and members of the Salisbury Rotary Club. Mr Byrne is cycling between Grafton and Cairns to raise money for Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign, stopping at local Rotary Clubs along the way. Contributed

GRAFTON man Rob Byrne's two-wheeled quest to help rid the world of polio is proving a success.

Mr Byrne, a member of the Grafton Rotary Club, is cycling from Grafton to Cairns to raise money for Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign.

Yesterday, he was in Brisbane and preparing to leave on the next leg of his trip – to the Sunshine Coast. He said the marathon journey was progressing well.

“It has been quite successful in terms of raising money for the cause which I'm pursuing – I've probably raised about $7500 already,” Mr Byrne said. He departed from Grafton for Brisbane early this month and considering he has stopped and spoken at just about every Rotary club between Grafton and the Queensland capital, he was making good headway.

“I'm really happy with the progress – if I'd just been doing this as a tour without the money-raising aspect, I'd probably be halfway to Cairns by now,” he said.

“But I've stopped with lots of Rotary clubs along the way and I've had a wonderful reception from all of them – some terrific hospitality.”

Mr Byrne intends to spend about a week on the Sunshine Coast, talking to local Rotary clubs and raising awareness of the End Polio Now Campaign.

Topics:  cycling fundraiser grafton rotary club polio rotary international

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