Mon 18th March
On Monday, the Tour De Cure group of bike riders, raising awareness and funds for cancer research, visited Townsville Grammar School.
The charity organisation runs a ‘Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy’ programme for schools. The group met the students and gave a short, fun-filled presentation about cancer prevention and inspired the students to make healthy lifestyle choices for their future.
Two of the group's riders were none other than Mark Beretta and James Tobin (from Channel Seven's Sunrise).
Tour De Cure representatives talked to the Prep to Year 6 students about avoiding and reducing the major cancer risks including sun exposure, being overweight, a lack of physical activity, eating too much red and processed meats, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, drinking too much alcohol and smoking.
The organisation started in 2007, with just three mates who wanted to make a difference with the disease that affects the most Australians – cancer. With 1 in 2 men and women affected by cancer by the age of 85, they decided to focus their efforts on helping to find a cure for cancer.
One of the original team of three, Geoff, was passionate about cycling, having cycled 5,800km across the United States. The trio decided to use their background of business and marketing to create a cycling tour that educated and fundraised for cancer research.
Since 2007, the group has raised over 35 million dollars, funded 306 cancer projects, achieved 22 significant cancer breakthroughs, and raised awareness about cancer prevention to more than 100,000 school children across Australia.