WANGARATTA’S Barb Binks is looking forward to cycling more than 350 kilometres this month to raise money for Children’s Medical Research Institute, along with 12,000 other cyclists across Australia.
In her second consecutive year participating in the Great Cycle Challenge Australia, Barb hopes to build on her large donation figure from last year in support of the fight against childhood cancer.
The challenge has become one of the largest cycling campaigns in Australia, raising $16.3 million to date with the help of 55,000 riders across the country.
The 54-year-old said her involvement in the Great Cycle Challenge started when her friend reached out to her on Facebook in 2018.
“I had set a fairly low target at 150 kilometres and $100 last year, but I had ended up riding 301 kilometres and raising more than $1000,” she said.
“It was quite a surprise because I had no expectations for it.
“It’s supposed to be a bit of fun and I get out and ride anyway, so this just motivates you to get out and do it.
“I usually do 10 kilometres in the morning and 10 kilometres at night, which isn’t too hard.
“I usually do one or two 30 kilometre rides on the weekend.”
Barb, who rides a modified bike that allows her to continue cycling despite having two knee replacements, will hope to surpass her goal of 350 kilometres and $500 in donations for the month of October.
“I was surprised about how much support I got last year,” she said.
“Even just putting a tin on my desk helped me to raise a lot of money.’’
Raising money to continue important research and development for childhood cancer hit home for Barb, who said she once watched as a close family friend endured their child’s diagnosis of leukaemia.
“When I was 16 I watched a neighbour of mine, who was four years old, die of leukaemia and that wasn’t pleasant,” Barb said.
“The outcomes these days for young kids with cancer are dramatically better and that comes from the study and research over the years.”
To support Barb during her 350 kilometre journey, visit www.greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/BarbBinks, and to register to be a rider, visit www.greatcyclechallenge.com.au.