Ballina welcomes Tour de Cure
RESIDENTS of the Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park cheered as the 75 participants in the Tour de Cure charity bike ride rode into the park for lunch yesterday afternoon.
Dawn Robertson, who is part of the Permanent Residents’ Club, also presented one of the riders, Paul Egan, with a donation of $100.
The park itself donated a further $500 to Mr Egan and the Tour de Cure, which is raising money for cancer research.
“My son-in-law has a rare form of cancer and is currently in hospital having experimental treatment,” Ms Robertson said.
“I also lost a grandchild to leukaemia. He was only nine years old.
“All of us here at the park have been touched by cancer in some way.
“We think these riders are doing a great thing and we wanted to help.”
Mr Egan, of Brisbane, thanked the residents for their support and said he had been inspired to do the ride because his mother died from pancreatic cancer 15 years ago.
“I still get a lump in my throat when I talk about it,” he said.
“Cancer is such a terrible disease.
“I decided to do this on New Year’s Eve last year. Before January, I had never been a cyclist.
“But I trained every day and, so far, the tour is going really well.”
The cyclists stayed in Byron Bay last night and will today continue their 1400km journey from Sydney to Mooloolaba.
The Tour de Cure hopes to raise over $1 million for cancer research.