Tour De Cure puts national spotlight on Burdekin

The nation’s spotlight was focussed on the Burdekin this morning as Tour De Cure participant and Sunrise sport reporter Mark Beretta broadcast live from Ayr.

Schoolchildren from across the Burdekin converged on St Francis Primary School in Ayr this morning to take part in the event and to see the riders head north to Townsville.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said he was pleased to see so many people turn out in support of the Tour De Cure riders.

“These riders are riding to raise funds to find a cure for cancer – a disease that has touched many families in the Burdekin,” he said.

“It’s great to see the Burdekin supporting the cause. There was a good turnout of people at the dinner last night (Thursday) and there are schoolchildren from across the shire here this morning (Friday).

“Having Sunrise’s Mark Beretta crossing live to do his sport reports from the school has enabled the nation to catch a glimpse of the Burdekin.”

Cr Lowis said the morning event at St Francis Primary School had been well supported by the community.

“We had the PCYC doing a sausage sizzle and all the fruit on offer at the breakfast was donated to the school by local growers,” he said.

The Tour De Cure riders have raised a record-breaking $2 million since they left Brisbane on May 3.

The aim of the Tour De Cure is to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for cancer and also share the cancer prevention message with 5000 children in Queensland. The Tour consists of 75 riders and support crew.

The riders travel north to Townsville today, stopping over on Magnetic Island, before finishing their ride in Mission beach on Sunday, May 13.

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