For Newcastle-based world champion mountain bike rider Jason English, participating in the upcoming Camp Quality’s Big Ride for Little Kids is personal.
The local school teacher knows all too well how cancer can affect the lives of children and babies.
So, he jumped at the chance to take on the role as the event’s ambassador in 2022.
“My cousin’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just 12 weeks old,” English said.
“I’ve seen first-hand the heartbreak that having a young child with cancer can cause.
“My cousin’s life has been turned upside down as her daughter battles this terrible disease.
“It’s so important that these children and families feel supported.
“That’s why I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be part of Camp Quality’s Big Ride for Little Kids and raise funds by doing something I love.”
English is encouraging everyone to sign up for the virtual challenge, which asks everyday cyclists to ride 100km, 200km or 300km from 1 March to 31 March to amass $500,000 for youngsters facing cancer.
“People anywhere can get involved and cycle across the month in many different ways – on the road, in the gym, as an individual, with a friend or as part of a team,” he said.
“I love the fact I’m able to combine my passion of cycling with creating awareness for an important cause.
“Participants can set their own target and track their kilometres using Fitbit or Strava and connect their app of choice to their online fundraising page.
“Funds raised from Big Ride for Little Kids will support Camp Quality camps, which allow children facing cancer a chance to have a much-needed break, reconnect with their siblings and parents and make positive memories not centred on their cancer diagnosis.”
Camp Quality CEO Deborah Thomas said the event boasted many positives.
“Our Big Ride for Little Kids is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors, get fit and shed those COVID-19 kilos while doing something that will help change the cancer experience for thousands of children,” she explained.
“Sweat it out as an individual or share the motivation with a mate.”
Camp Quality’s major partner ALDI Australia is the principal supporter of Big Ride for Little Kids.
The partnership focuses on providing Australian children impacted by cancer with the opportunity to attend Camp Quality’s much-loved camps.
“We are now entering our third year in company with Camp Quality and couldn’t be prouder to be supporting this year’s Big Ride for Little Kids,” corporate responsibility director Daniel Baker said.
“We’re urging anyone wanting to challenge themselves to get involved.”
So, make your RPMs count and put your heart (rate) into it.
To register for Camp Quality’s Big Ride for Little Kids, go to www.big-ride.org.au
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