The Burdekin will be on show to the nation this week when Sunrise’s Mark Beretta rides into town with the Tour De Cure.
The Tour De Cure arrives in Ayr on Thursday (May 10) about 5pm and will leave the next morning at 9am.
St Francis Primary School will play host to the Tour De Cure riders on Friday morning where Mark Beretta will be crossing live to Sunrise to give his sport reports.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said this was a great opportunity to the Burdekin region in the national spotlight.
“We have an opportunity, through Sunrise, to showcase the Burdekin region to the nation,” he said.
Years 4, 5, 6 and 7 schoolchildren from across the Burdekin have been invited to St Francis Primary School from 8am to 9am where Tour De Cure participants will talk with the students in an effort to raise awareness of cancer and the purpose of their tour. For a gold coin donation, people who attend can get a sausage sizzle and fruit as well as juice, tea and coffee from 7am.
“These riders do a wonderful job raising awareness of cancer and they deserve all the support our region can give,” Cr Lowis said.
“I would encourage everyone to donate to the Tour De Cure riders when they pass through the Burdekin and help in their efforts to raise $1.5 million for cancer research.”
A welcome dinner will also be held at the Queens Hotel on Thursday evening at 6pm-8pm. Tickets are $25/head. For more information on the welcome function please contact Eliza at the Council on 47839800.
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 and together they hope to raise $1.5 million.
Tour De Cure starts in Brisbane on May 3 and will finish in Mission Beach on May 13.