Former Tocumwal man Roger Fuller will cycle 300km on Friday to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
Roger’s inspiration to participate in the charity event is the people in his life who are impacted by the disease.
Roger’s sister Janette is in stage four breast cancer and his wife Andrea, also originally from Tocumwal, is also a breast cancer sufferer.
The manager of Roger’s Yarrawonga Manufactured Housing business is also affected, with his daughter having breast cancer.
Roger will ride from Mulwala to Bendigo, taking a scenic route that will see him cycle through his former home town, for the McGrath Foundation fundraiser. He will also stop in at Cobram and Barooga.
He said it is his own version of a ride being undertaken by Bendigo-based cyclist Paul Dalton, who will ride for 24 hours to raise money.
‘‘Paul asked people to ride with him in his ‘Ride24’ in one-hour turns, but we also wanted to increase the awareness of breast cancer without taking the focus away from what he’s doing, ’’ Roger said.
‘‘I had plenty of support around me to do something like this, so we started planning it and now have a team with a range of people.’’
Roger and seven other riders, along with two support crew members, will leave Mulwala at 7am on Friday, March 3.
They plan to arrive in Bendigo about 6pm that night.
‘‘We’re going via Tocumwal, as it’s my home town, as well as Barooga, Cobram and Echuca and more small towns,’’ Roger said.
‘‘We’ll be stopping in Toc near the giant cod about 8.30am or 9am, depending on the ride, and everyone’s welcome to come down.
‘‘Along the way we’ll be stopping at businesses who have pledged donations.
‘‘Anyone is welcome to say ‘hi’ if they see us, and all are welcome to make a donation.
‘‘The driver following behind us will be happy to pull over and accept donations if people don’t catch us when we stop.’’