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13 May, 2022

Lions fuel hungry riders

AROUND 100 hungry bike riders participating in the Mater Hospital Foundation’s “Smiling for Smiddy” event on the May day long weekend were treated to a barbecue at Atherton’s Big 4 van park, courtesy of the town’s Lions Club, assisted by the Malanda Lions.


Cooking up a storm for the hungry bike riders were (left) Atherton Lions president Neil Clarke and Ray Sutton from Malanda Lions Club.

AROUND 100 hungry bike riders participating in the Mater Hospital Foundation’s “Smiling for Smiddy” event on the May day long weekend were treated to a barbecue at Atherton’s Big 4 van park, courtesy of the town’s Lions Club, assisted by the Malanda Lions. 

Every year, hundreds of cyclists and triathletes and their support networks use their passion for sport to help fight cancer through the Smiling for Smiddy cycle challenge, with more than $10 million raised since the first event in 2006. 

Held in memory of Adam Smiddy, who passed away from an aggressive melanoma aged 26, Mater’s Smiling for Smiddy delivers inspiring challenge events where individuals and communities can band together to raise funds for cancer research “the Smiddy way”. 

The bike riders were all pretty tired after day four of the tropical challenge which had taken them on a seven-hour round trip which included Millaa Millaa Falls and Ravenshoe. 

In spite of the aches and pains – and a few grazes – there were plenty of smiles as they lined up for a barbecue meal followed by a good night’s sleep, in preparation for the next day when they were scheduled to head down the winding Gillies Highway back to Cairns. 

Funds raised through Mater Smiling for Smiddy support dedicated teams of researchers at Mater Research, who are working on potentially life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of various types of cancer.

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