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4 August, 2020

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MAREEBA team – Are We There Yet – are attempting their second Cardiac Challenge in an effort to raise money for the North Queensland Hospital Foundation.

By Rhys Thomas

MAREEBA team – Are We There Yet – are attempting their second Cardiac Challenge in an effort to raise money for the North Queensland Hospital Foundation.

The race takes place from Cairns to Cooktown in a massive 250km endurance race starting on September 19 to 21.

The new Are We There Yet team boasts some returning riders and three medical students who are going to be riding in their first cardiac challenge.

This year’s race however will be operating at a lower capacity to better satisfy the Queensland Governments social distancing requirements.

The number of riders has been limited to 150 while the supporters and volunteer’s numbers will also be monitored and capped.

The ladies feel that they will be “ahead of the game” with their training and preparation commencing much earlier than last year.

“We’re excited that the event is going ahead this year,” Team Captain Pam Lavers said.

“Our training is a lot better this year.

“It’s challenging but it’s such a worthwhile challenge.”

The fundraising goal has also changed this year due to the lower number of riders with the goal now being $175,000, which is half the normal goal.

As of print (Monday, August 3) the Cardiac Challenge has raised 37% of their goal with just 47 days until the ride and Are We There Yet Team Captain Pam Lavers is the second highest individual donor with $4,700 closely behind first place with $4,954.


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