Emotions ran high last night as Country Fire Service (CFS) Mount Remarkable squad members paid tribute to Cycle4Sam and hosted a BBQ for the visiting charity bike ride.
CFS member (Mount Lofty) and Cycle4Sam driver Jim Keatch thanked the Mount Remarkable volunteers for the BBQ, which heartily fed 15 riders and supporters of Cycle4Sam after the completion of Day 2 of Cycle4Sam.
The riders completed the 154km stage to Melrose yesterday at about 4pm after a challenging day covering some of the roughest bitumen surfaces they are likely to encounter over the eight-day tour to Adelaide.
Cycle4Sam rides in memory of Sam Roberts, a brave boy you passed away aged four in 2005 and whose family and supporters continue to raise funds to assist families struggling with life-limiting diagnoses being treated at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
After two days and 263km covered from Blinman to Melrose, the sights of the riders today move to the Yorke Peninsular and a lengthy 189km stage to Moonta Bay.
Fortuitously, the weather appears to be backing the riders, with strong northerlies expected at their backs for the next two days from Melrose to Moonta Bay and thence to Marion Bay at the tip of Yorke Peninsular (Thursday).
Cycle4Sam director Marty Roberts was pleased to report to riders last night that even as the tour turns north later in the week (Saturday), so the winds were forecast to shift to the south, staying at the backs of the riders.
Word reached the travelling party last night that the fund raising total had reached $58,000, following the continued surge of donations to the Everyday Heroes website.
Yesterday also was highlighted by a 10-minute interview between Marty Roberts and ABC 891 Radio afternoon program’s Sonya Feldhoff.
Cycle4Sam riders will cover a total of 1030km from Flinders Ranges to Adelaide, via Yorke Peninsular and the Barossa Valley – finishing October 1 at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Cycle4Sam has been conducted every two years since 2006, raising in excess of $300,000 in that time.
This year’s fund raising target is $60,000, which will go to continued funding of an art therapist, a therapy room in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital as well saving for a holiday house in Adelaide for families being treated by the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit.
Cycle4Sam IV continues to seek corporate and individual donors, who are invited to:
- Make a donation at http://www.cycle4sam.com/donate.html or http://www.everydayhero.com.au/cycle_4_sam
- Join the Facebook group for Cycle 4 Sam at https://www.facebook.com/groups/135395009831820/
- Follow Cycle4Sam on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/cycle4sam
- Visit the Cycle4Sam website at www.cycle4sam.com
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