September 13, 2016

Cyclists on track to help beat lung disease

Cycle enthusiasts and those out for a good time came together to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support lung research at Lung Foundation Australia’s inaugural Just One Breath Cycle Challenge.

About 20 teams, made up of a total of 100 riders, took to the track at Lakeside International Raceway in Brisbane’s north to peddle the vital message that when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said collectively the group rode more than 5,000kms – that’s all the way from Sydney to Perth and even a little bit of the way back.

“Among the riders were Russell Winwood, a marathon runner whose chronic lung disease has left him with only about 30 per cent lung capacity, and Anita McGrath, a Brisbane mum who is battling lung cancer,” Mrs Allan said.

“Russell and Anita know just how important just one breath can be and they, along with the other riders, were happy to puff out their cheeks when the four hour ride was finished,” she said.

“It was great to see all skill levels out on the track – from the lycra clad to those dressed up in costumes like Darth Vader, fairies, and our pom pom waving cheer squad.”

“Together the teams raised an outstanding $85,000 – a fantastic achievement which will go towards helping the millions of Australians with a lung disease and looking to change the landscape for future generations.cycle-play-button

“We really need to thank the individual riders and our corporate partners who helped make the day such a success.

“We’ll definitely be back, bigger and better, next year

There are photos from the day, click here to check them out.

Please click through via the picture to see some great footage taken on the day. It really was a fantastic morning and we hope to see a few more of your colleagues, friends and family out on the track in 2017.

With much appreciation and thanks to all our corporate teams, friends, families and their supporters: