SADDENED by the news a close friend was recently diagnosed with cancer, Amanda Neville decided to put the pedal to the metal and hit the pavement to help raise funds for cancer research.
For two gruelling days, the mother of two from Hillcrest will cycle more than 200km from Brisbane to Wivenhoe Dam in August as part of this years Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer with only one person on her mind.
Ms Neville will dedicate the ride to her close friend Margaret Sarolis, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October last year.
"I have known Margaret for about nine years when we met through the local school, and I know her children and her family," Ms Neville said.
"Margaret is such a beautiful person and to have this happen to someone like her, just knocks you down, so she will be on my mind the whole time."
Ms Neville has been training up to four times a week in preparation for the big ride, which she said would be the longest distance she has travelled on a bicycle.
"I do train a couple of times a week mostly on my own, but sometimes I do get some girlfriends to come along too," she said.
"I have heard that this ride will be quite hilly but my goal is to make it out to Wivenhoe in five hours.
"I am very excited about the ride. I can't wait."
To be eligible to participate in the ride, each rider must raise a starting total of $2500.
To date, Ms Neville has raised $1337.
To help get her to the starting line, she will be hosting numerous community activities.
"On Saturday, April 6, I will be having a sausage sizzle at the IGA at Regents Park," she said.
"Terry from IGA has donated the marquee, the barbecue, the sausages and everything else I will need.
"The good thing is while I have been fundraising, the funds automatically go straight to the research centre, so the money isn't kept until the event is on.
"All of the money is given to the institute so research can be developed and found out today, not in August."
In addition, Ms Neville will also host a Mother's Day raffle and is hoping members of the community will help donate pampering items for the cause.
To help sponsor Amanda on her quest to conquer cancer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.conquercancer.org.au.
Amanda's participant number is 660888-4.
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