Forty six dedicated cyclists have accepted the challenge of Camp Quality’s 1000 K’s 4 Kids bike ride that began on September 8 and will finish on September 17.
It’s all to raise awareness and funds for children growing up with cancer and on Tuesday, the ride will stop overnight in Parkes.
This year’s route will travel from Benalla, Victoria to Warners Bay, NSW, passing through regional areas which are home to several families impacted by cancer.
So far the ride has passed through Albury, Wagga, Cootamundra and on Monday – day four – Cowra.
Cyclists will depart Cowra on Tuesday bound for Parkes.
As a part of Camp Quality’s Primary School Education Program and to celebrate the week-long ride, puppets will visit schools in the local towns spreading the power of positivity and teaching kids about cancer.
Cyclists will visit Nurture One Victoria Street Children’s Centre about 1.30pm, before checking in at the Coachman Hotel Motel for the night.
They will leave Parkes around 7.15am Wednesday morning.
One of the participating cyclists, Simon Morris, has come a long way since his diagnosis with Leukaemia in 1989.
This year will be Simon’s second time riding in 1000 K’s 4 Kids Newcastle - an event he sees himself participating in for as long as he is able.
“I remember when I was in hospital, away from my family, it felt like I was watching the world pass by through my window,” he said.
“Now that I’m out the other end, it was instinctive for me to give back to the organisation who allowed me to feel like a kid again.
“The ride is extremely tough, mentally and physically,” he said.
“I find motivation to keep pedalling when I think of others who weren’t as lucky as me. I ride in their memory.”
Simon has just volunteered to be a companion himself. He remembers his own Camp Quality companions from childhood fondly and hopes to mentor a child impacted by cancer through his own shared experience.