‘Beretts’ presents Tour de Cure jersey to inspirational Sam
OLYMPIANS, pro cyclists and personalties were among those who stopped in Grafton on the weekend to donate funds to be used for a new chemotherapy chair.
More than 100 cyclists rode through the Clarence Valley on Saturday for the second leg of the Tour de Cure, an eight day journey from Brisbane to Sydney which this year is expected to raise about $5 million for cancer research and treatment.
On Saturday alone, the team which includes former pro cyclist Jens Voigt and Sunrise presenters James Tobin and Mark Beretta, rode a gruelling 214 kilometres from Hastings Point to Grafton, where they stopped to present a $10,000 cheque to the Grafton Hospital oncology ward at a dinner.
Mr Beretta, who is riding the tour for the seventh year in a row, sat with Grafton cancer survivor Sam Carroll and his family at the dinner.
"I met Sam during the childrens hospital appeal in Sydney and we stayed in touch, so I invited him to dinner," he told The Daily Examiner.
"We got Sam up and had a chat about his story which was great, and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.
"I presented him with a special jersey we give to riders with outstanding guts, and I think he earned that.
"When I look at Sam and where he's at, he's school captain and made zone for athletics and swimming. To see where he's come to, that inspires me."
Mr Beretta said it was the rewarding elements of the Tour de Cure that kept him going.
"(Saturday) killed me. Any rider will tell you that even 100km is a big day," he said.
"But we had spectacular weather, beautiful views and we were by the river a lot of the time. It's a huge commitment but it's enourmously rewarding."