Tatura icon cycles for Give Me 5 for Kids
Published at: 21 Jun 2019
Tatura icon John Ryan is clipping in the cleats in support of Give Me 5 For Kids.
There is a high chance of a strong headwind and some rain along the way, but Mr Ryan will tackle an 80km bike ride on Sunday in a bid to raise funds for the charity.
‘‘It started on Triple M with Seany (Cullen) on the breakfast show — he threw the challenge out to me about doing something for Give Me 5 For Kids, so I decided that I’d do this bike ride,’’ Mr Ryan said.
Starting from Tatura, Mr Ryan will ride through Byrneside, Merrigum, Lancaster, Kyabram, Tongala, past The Falcon hotel and into Echuca, before reaching his final destination — Moama RSL Club.
‘‘We’re going to go through the towns, hopefully a few people will throw in a few bob,’’ he said.
Having personally battled cancer, Mr Ryan knew what it was like to face health struggles. He said in doing the fundraiser he would contribute to more equipment being bought for the children’s ward at Goulburn Valley Health in the hope children and families would have access to all necessary treatment in Shepparton.
‘‘It’s bad enough having a sick kid, without having to take the poor kid to Melbourne, so if we can get a bit of equipment here in Shepp and it saves them all that, I think it’s well worth it,’’ he said.
With just days left before the lengthy ride, Mr Ryan was keeping in mind the worthy cause while he kicked his preparation up a notch.
‘‘I’m in full training mode now,’’ he said. ‘‘I did 38km the other day and I was buggered, so I’ve got a little bit more to do yet, but hopefully I’ll be right.’’
Having already received some generous donations, Mr Ryan encouraged others to get on board and support the worthy cause.
‘‘The people have got onto it — it’s been terrific,’’ he said. ‘‘All donations are very much accepted and very much appreciated.’’
He said with every cent donated going directly to the hospital he hoped to hand over at least $1500.
‘‘I don’t know what we’ll end up with, but I’d like to get about $1500 and then anything above that’s a bonus,’’ he said.
Mr Ryan will set out on his ride on Sunday at 8am. Those wanting to support him can email firstname.lastname@example.org