I OWE my love of cycling to Dad.
And I’ll be joining Mater’s Cycle for Cancer from 6-12 September to honour his memory.
Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around cycling. Front and centre of it all was my Dad, beloved schoolteacher Jeff—with his beaming smile, booming laugh and larger-than-life personality.
Cheering on his beloved “Claire Bear”. Wrapping me up in a big hug every time I fell... and gently nudging me back out onto the saddle.
Growing up in regional Queensland, our family were regulars at junior cycling carnivals. I even got to race with Olympic champion Anna Meares... well, mostly behind her back wheel!
Before Dad passed away in 2013 to melanoma—he gently nudged me towards Mater Smiling for Smiddy. It proved a gift. I fell in love with Smiddy and everything it has to offer.
I’ve been a proud advocate of Mater Foundation ever since. I’ve funded cancer research efforts, made lifelong friendships and even created new family memories on the bike alongside my brother, James.
"Through my involvement with Mater Smiling for Smiddy, I have come to understand the complexities of cancer research, and I’m proud my ongoing involvement helps support collaborative initiatives of Mater clinicians and researchers."
Mater has the runs on the board for getting the money out into the medical research community and into patient support.
We need to keep up the good work. Will you join me on the bike this September?
I love the Cycle for Cancer concept—it’s a great chance to get involved even if you’ve never jumped on a bike before. An exercise bike, or even a kid’s tricycle, will do the trick.
Just pin the ponytails back and get spinning!
The name says it all—let’s Cycle for Cancer.