Singleton will welcome the riders in this year’s Bridge to Bridge Cycle Ride on Friday 4 May as they cruise into the home stretch of the journey from Brisbane to Sydney to raise money for brain cancer treatments and research.
The ninth annual event is being held during Brain Cancer Action Week, when the ride set off from the Queensland capital on Saturday 28 April and is due to arrive in Sydney on Saturday 5 May.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, Councillors and Council staff will greet the riders when they arrive at Towhead Park about 10 a.m. to enjoy morning tea at the Park View Cafe and meet with community members.
The break from the road is an opportunity for people to contribute to the cause, with all money raised donated to the Charlie Teo Foundation.
Cr Moore said the gruelling 1,000km-plus ride was a demonstration of pedal power to make a difference in the treatment of the disease that kills more children in Australia than any other disease, and more people aged under 40 in Australia than any other cancer.
Only two in 10 people diagnosed with brain cancer will survive for at least five years.
“The Bridge to Bridge Cycle Charity Ride began as a very personal mission for a Queensland man who lost his 17-year-old daughter to brain cancer in 2009, but has become an important annual event to raise awareness and money for this terrible disease,” Cr Moore said.
“The ride shows the impacts of brain cancer aren’t limited to one particular town, region or State - it is a disease that can strike anyone at any age.
“But there is something we can all do by supporting causes such as the Bridge to Bridge Cycle Ride to advance treatment and research.
“Collectively, the past eight Bridge to Bridge Cycle Rides have contributed more than $250,000 towards developing effective treatments and the immediate goal to increase five-year survival to 50% over a decade.”
Cr Moore said it was fantastic that Singleton was included on the Bridge to Bridge Cycle Ride route.
“We are honoured to have the riders pass through Singleton on their way to Sydney, and are very much looking forward to meeting them as well as their support crew on Friday,” she said.
“I encourage everyone to come along to Towhead Park to say hello to the riders and get behind their efforts to help people affected by brain cancer now and in the future.”
For more information about the Annual Bridge to Bridge Cycle Charity Ride or to donate, visit the Bridge to Bridge website.