Couple circle Australia to raise cash to fight cancer
YOU know what they say: when the going gets tough, the tough get going and that is precisely what husband and wife team, Christine and Ian Robins did when they discovered he was suffering from prostate cancer.
In just one year the duo has covered a whopping 160,00km journey and in the process have raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research.
Chris is a "Lismore girl born and bred" but the couple are now living in Stanthorpe, Queensland, from where they began their ambitious trek around Australia.
The couple set out last May after Ian was diagnosed with prostate cancer and have been covering up to 50km a day.
They have travelled across Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, NSW and are in Lismore this week.
The couple has raised more than $17,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which includes collecting donations from passers-by. They have also been organising events at towns and cities along the way.
"We want to raise awareness of breast and prostate cancer at every stop," Mrs Robins said.
"We invite local communities to get involved and to talk about their own experiences too.
"We hope to play a role in promoting early detection by talking to people about our own experiences."
Mr Robins added: "Our aim is to inspire those suffering from the effects of these debilitating cancers.
"It has certainly been an adventure and a challenge so far but the best part is meeting so many supportive and generous people along the way."
Moana Wood, Individual Giving and Community Fundraising Manager at National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages communities to support Ian and Christine where they can.
In this last leg home they will be travelling back up north via Murwillumbah, Beaudesert, Boonah and Warwick.