Christian Tatman, Frankston Standard Leader
CYCLISTS participating in the Tour de Cure fundraiser are spreading the cancer awareness and prevention message.
The riders, who are raising money for cancer research, dropped into Derinya Primary School to chat to students and share their knowledge.
Two of the riders — Lindsay Davies and Mike Rear — share a strong connection with the Frankston school.
Mr Davies’ late son, Jayden, who lost his battle with bone cancer in 2014, and Mr Rear’s son, Will, who has been undergoing treatment for a brain tumour, both attended the school.
Mr Rear and other riders spoke to the students about the benefits of fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“By keeping fit and healthy you can go some way to preventing diseases such as cancer,” he said. “Cancer does not mean you stop and give up.”
Mr Davies described fellow rider and cancer survivor Graeme Sissing as an inspiration.
He urged people to support this year’s Tour de Cure fundraiser, which involves cyclists riding
over 350km across Tasmania from November 26-30.
“Cancer is too big too ignore. It affects everyone. Kids, friends, parents, brothers, sisters and colleagues,” he said. “Together we can conquer cancer.”
Derinya Primary School students raised $2500, which will go towards research projects at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
To support the fundraiser, visit tourdecure.com.au