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Fifty cyclists and road crew departed today (Friday 24 August) from Mater Private Hospital Springfield to embark on the 13th annual 1600-kilometre Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge, in support of cancer research at Mater.
The nine-day Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge is held in honour of Adam Smiddy who passed away from an aggressive melanoma in 2006 at age just 26.
The peloton will ride from Springfield to Townsville, stopping at towns along the way to raise funds to support a number of important cancer research projects at Mater Research.
Among the riders for the first time is Mater Foundation Brisbane's Research Fellow, Professor Brian Gabrielli, leader of the Smiling for Smiddy Cell Cycle Group at Mater Research, who knows first-hand the importance of raising funds for research.
“Simply put—we wouldn’t be here doing research if not for the funds raised through programs like Smiling for Smiddy.
“Now and into the future, philanthropic funding is bread and butter for researchers like us,” Prof Gabrielli said.
Since 2006, Smiling for Smiddy has raised close to $10 million for world-class research projects at Mater Research in areas of melanoma, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers.
Along the ride through country Queensland, riders will stop off at towns including Mundubbera, Biloela, Baralaba, Clermont, Belyando Crossing and Charters Towers before finishing in Townsville.
You can follow the peloton’s journey on the Smilling for Smiddy Facebook page or if you’re keen to jump on the saddle yourself, registrations are now open for the 2019 Reverse Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge from Townsville to Brisbane.
To find out more visit www.smiddy.org.au/challenge19 or phone 1800 440 155.