? Why I'm Support Crew – Tour de Cure

Why I'm support crew

    Meet Ann Smith

    After losing her husband Kelvin to urethral cancer, Ann joined the TDC family in 2012. With a background in education – as a teacher, lecturer and business college manager – Ann plays a pivotal role in our schools awareness program. She's also the co-author of our grieving document. We all look forward to her weekly visits at TDC HQ – and her much-needed hugs! She's a regular on tour where her favourite job is driving the car at the rear of the peloton. Away from the TDC family, Ann can be found riding a camel in Rajasthan or pedalling along on her bike, Priscilla.

    Meet Aaron Donaldson

    We definitely lucked in when Aaron joined the TDC family in 2014. Aaron and his drone are responsible for the spectacular aerial footage of our tours, which really brings to life the enormity of the distance we travel and the challenges we face along the way. Aaron is no stranger to cancer. His paternal grandmother died from breast cancer before he was born, he lost his father to cancer a few years ago and he has friends who are battling this disease. Aaron's beautifully shot footage helps TDC to raise awareness and engage the wider community in our story, which is vital for our fundraising. Did we also mention he's great fun? We love Aaron. And his drone!

    Meet Ian Salmon

    Mr Salmon or 'Sammo' is the bushranger with a big voice and an even bigger heart. Easily the most recognisable face on tour, Sammo has been a member of the TDC family since 2009. He lost his mother to cancer so he is well aware of the tragedy that cancer brings to families and communities. An integral part of our event logistics team, we know we'll be safe and well looked after with Sammo on the team. Hard-working, dedicated and always smiling, Sammo will happily pull an all-nighter to make sure that we will be riding safe the next day. 

    Meet the Morris family

    The Morris family – Trevor, Alison, Cory, Jacinta and Zac – are regular fixtures on our tours. When you need a hug, this beautiful family is the place to go. Since 2013, we’ve been lucky enough to have at least one Morris on most tours. Trevor is a Prostate cancer survivor and the family have a long history of cancer, so they are passionate about doing something positive to fight this disease. Cory and Zac are equally happy to ride or be on support crew. Trevor normally manages the fleet, Jacinta takes control of the navigation and Alison stands roadside to cheer us on.  

    Meet Margaret and Gareth Williams

    This dynamic mother-son duo joined the TDC Family in 2013, the year they lost Ray – Margaret’s husband and Gareth’s father – to cancer. Amazingly, Margaret travels from the UK every year to act as support crew on our Signature Tour, devoting an entire two weeks of her annual holiday to cook up a storm for hordes of hungry riders and crew. An experienced cyclist, Gareth plays a critical role in managing our pelotons. He also provides plenty of light relief with his hilarious home videos GTV. Gareth also introduced us to his employer Adobe, now one of our valued corporate partners.

    Meet Thelma and Louise

    Pam Savage and Marg Bailey – more commonly known as Thelma and Louise by the TDC family – are a dynamic duo on tour. They operate as a driver and navigator team, expertly keeping our pelotons safe and hugely entertained during tour. Pam joined us in 2011, after the death of her beloved husband. Marg joined us shortly afterwards. Fabulous friends, Thelma and Louise work tirelessly behind the scenes and are great at keeping people's spirits up when the going gets tough on tour. And they are much better drivers than Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis – no going over cliffs with them!

    Meet Jodi Harris

    Jodi joined the TDC family in 2012 after losing her dad to cancer the previous year. Friendly, approachable and always smiling, Jodi is a pleasure to have on any tour. She started off with a Queensland Country Tour, but has gone on to do Signature Tour, both as a rider and as a member of support crew. Since joining the TDC family, several young children in Jodi's social circle have passed away from incurable brain cancer. Heartbreakingly, none of them lived to see their 9th birthday. It's made Jodi more determined than ever to help find a cure for this terrible disease. During Signature Tour 2017, she bravely shaved off her long hair to raise money for cancer projects.

    Meet Kerryn Westcott

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