The ride to support kids living with cancer
In just 8 days, a group of amazing cyclists rode 750 kilometres to raise an incredible $429,000 in this year’s 1,000 Ks 4 Kids.
This year’s ride was named “Tour de Hunter” and began at Speer’s Point, travelled throughout the Hunter Valley, and came to a close in Warner’s Bay. The group, accompanied by the Camp Quality puppets, stopped at schools along the route to bring fun and laughter to children in the area.
One rider, Scott Sam, has been participating since the first ride in 2011. He told Lakes Mail what the ride means to him:
“For a dad, hearing your child has cancer is the most devastating news. It’s something that no family should have to go through without support. Camp Quality were there for us.”
Myall Coast News recounts the noisy welcome from the students at Bulahdelah Central School where Camp Quality child, Sophie, was awaiting their arrival.
The signature Camp Quality ‘fun therapy’ gave the riders motivation for the challenging voyage. Participants passing through Bungwahl included parents, former child cancer patients, specialists and more. Simon Morris personally knows the value of Camp Quality, being a child cancer survivor himself. He spoke to the Great Lakes Advocate:
“I am so happy to be able to give back to an organisation that gave me so much when I needed it the most.”
Each rider raised a minimum of $4,000 while members of the support crew raised $1,500 each. Gloucester Advocate reported on how hard the team – support crew and riders – worked to plan Tour de Hunter. They even battled through illness to continue their journey.
In Scone, the group received a special welcome from a parade of storybook characters, reported on by The Scone Advocate. The Camp Quality puppets put on another show at Scone Public School before continuing on their way.
Members of the Muswellbrook Lioness club greeted the riders upon entry, providing lunch at the PCYC and a chance for them to recharge their batteries. Aberdeen Lions Club also provided an enjoyable send-off breakfast for them, reported Muswellbrook Chronicle.
The tired group was welcomed home in a huge way after their long journey. NBN News captured the smiles and hugs from family and friends as the riders and crew ended their journey.
We can’t wait to see our riders at the next 1,000 Ks 4 Kids!
About 1,000 Ks 4 Kids
The Camp Quality 1,000 Ks 4 Kids success continues to grow and now caters for everyone from a novice rider to a hard core cyclist.
It is about courage, strength, resilience and optimism. It’s about supporting each other as one big team to all cross the finish line together and of course it’s about fun, games, big belly laughs and supporting kids living with cancer.