Donation: Early morning wellwishers watch as Grafton Woolworths manager Wayne Avery presents a $15,000 cheque to the Tour de Cure participants in their stopover at Grafton.
Donation: Early morning wellwishers watch as Grafton Woolworths manager Wayne Avery presents a $15,000 cheque to the Tour de Cure participants in their stopover at Grafton.

Tour de Cure leaves Grafton

A HEARTY crowd of Grafton people sent the Tour de Cure cyclists on their way on stage seven of their 10-stage trip from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast yesterday morning.

Before the cyclists climbed into the saddle for yesterday’s stage of the tour to Byron Bay, Channel 7 Sunrise reporter Mark Beretta did his morning crosses to the show’s studios involving the people who turned up for the breakfast staged in the Shoppingworld car park.

The crowd witnessed the morning briefing for the 100 riders before they set out in three peletons on their continuing ride north.

The previous night the riders hosted members of the public at a buffet dinner in the Grafton Community Centre where they witnessed the cyclists’ category jersey presentation.

One of Tour de Cure’s founders, cycling fanatic Gary Bertwhistle, explained his reasons for establishing the tour in 2007.

“The Tour de Cure is a personal journey for many of our team members, some of whom have lost a family member or friend to the disease, while others have triumphed over cancer themselves,” said Mr Bertwhistle, whose father has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“Almost every Australian knows someone that has been touched by cancer in some way, and while the Tour de Cure represents an enormous physical challenge, every kilometre is cycled with the knowledge that we are assisting five amazing Australian charities to provide vital research, support for sufferers and their families, and ultimately to find a cure for cancer.

“Cancer does not discriminate. In Australia, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, and an estimated 111,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the cause can do so by visiting www.tourdecure.com.au .



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