Canadian firefighter cycles to fight cancer
BYRON Bay will be the first Northern Rivers stop next week for a Canadian firefighter who is cycling the globe to raise money for cancer research.
Cancer survivor Rudy Pospisil will arrive in Byron Bay today as part of a 4,000 kilometre journey through Australia aimed ait raising $25,000 for the Cancer Council.
Tomorrow he will cycle 70km to Evans Head, before departing the following day for Grafton.
In 2009, the 55-year-old began his epic journey as a way to give back to the community after being diagnosed with cancer in 2000.
"The idea to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle was born when I was diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago," he said.
"I survived and thought that since cancer is a global disease, cycling around the world would be a way of reaching everyone with my message.
"It comes down to doing something you so strongly believe in and so you surprise yourself with a strength and determination you thought you never had.
"In each country I ride through I try to raise money for local charities and hopefully arrange ongoing fundraising events.
"Ultimately, my aim is to cycle around the world to share my story, inspire the many, and raise money for cancer research."
So far Mr Pospisil has crossed 14 countries including Canada, the United States and parts of Europe.
He said funds raised in NSW during his 47-day journey will go towards Cancer Council NSW's cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services for people affected by cancer.
Abby Wallace of Cancer Council NSW said fundraisers like Mr Pospisil were key to helping cancer patients, families and carers in the Northern NSW Region.
To follow Mr Pospisil's journey and donate visit www.firefightercycle.com.