Patrick Gorbunovs

Anti-disease cycle

AN epic journey will begin in Lismore on Anzac Day when a man and his dog set off to cycle the country for charity.

Assistant principal at St John's College Woodlawn at Lismore, Kim Evans has plotted a country-wide cycling trip in the hope of raising $1 million for research that may find a cure for motor neurone disease.

And he won't be going alone.

At Mr Evans' side will be his three-year-old companion, a husky-german shepherd-cross named Devil.

"He's the best dog in the world," Mr Evans said.

The pair will start out from the Browns Creek car park on Zadoc St at 11am on an adventure that will take five months to complete.

Mr Evans's journey has been a while in the making.

It was inspired by the loss of close friend and cycling enthusiast Bob Delaney, who suffered from motor neurone disease.

The disease affects about 1500 people in Australia and is presently incurable.

"People are going to continue to die from this horrible thing until something is done about it," Mr Evans said.

"There are a lot of people out there with a lot of difficulties and we need to support each other."

The ride is called Devil n Me - Around Ozee and will see Mr Evans travel all the way around Australia, cyc- ling about 150km a day and camping by night.

Devil will join him on foot for at least 5km a day, and follow along in the ute the rest of the time.

Mr Evans will keep the public up to date via Twitter and Facebook.

"We've had lots of help from local people, lots of support."

He's hoping to gain more awareness across the country, reaching out to national news programs such as Sunrise and The Today Show and planning for events as he makes his way through towns and cities.

"I'd like to get Tony Abbott on a bike," he said.

To learn more about the ride or to donate to the MND Research Institute of Australia, visit nomnd.com.au, or contact the team at devilnme@nomnd.com.au.



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