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Six Smiling Cyclists

14 May 2021
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Six Old Boys join bike ride with Mater Smiling for Smiddy
Six Old Boys join bike ride with Mater Smiling for Smiddy

During May, six Churchie Old Boys joined a bike ride in Far North Queensland with not-for-profit Mater Smiling for Smiddy. Old Boys testing their legs were Jamie Forster (1986), Charles Kosecki (2008), Chris Johnstone (1990), James Goodman (1990), Sterling Grant (1991) and Stewart Webster (2003). They cycled out of Cairns to Cape Tribulation followed by Port Douglas, and then looked upwards on the long climb to visit the Atherton Tablelands. The tour was done under police escort over 680km and nearly 7,000m of ascents; included cycling legend Phil Anderson as a rider; and traversed some of the region’s spectacularly scenic roads. A lesser known tourist site visited was a crossing of the highest road in Queensland (1,162m), near Ravenshoe. Smiling for Smiddy was founded after the death from melanoma of 26 year old Adam Smiddy in 2006. This group were raising awareness and funds for cancer research at the Mater. Our Old Boys, along with their fellow riders, raised in excess of $400,000 for the cause.

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