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10-year-old fundraiser chosen for Queen’s Baton Relay


One of the most dedicated Great Cycle Challenge riders, 10-year-old Imogen Kuipers, has been named as a Queen’s Baton bearer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games – because of her incredible fundraising work.

In the three years that the Great Cycle Challenge has been operating, to raise money for research done by Children’s Medical Research Institute, Imogen has raised more than $21,000. So far during this month’s ride she has already reached $4,200.

Dad Andrew said she was very emotional when told that she would carry the baton.

“When we told her she would be doing it, she had tears in her eyes,’’ Andrew said. “She’s pretty pumped.’’

He said the family were very proud of Imogen who was first inspired to do the Great Cycle Challenge when she saw photos of sick children who would benefit from CMRI’s research.
“Every October she’s out there, not just riding, but talking to anyone she can about cancer research,’’ Andrew said. “Being chosen to do the baton relay is a real honour and joy for her.’’

Imogen and Andrew hit the road in Kalgoorlie every day and have already completed more than 400km. Imogen is the second highest fundraiser in Western Australia and 13th across Australia.

This week the Great Cycle Challenge also marked, Kick Cancer’s Butt Day. All money raised on Wednesday was matched by corporate sponsors.

Head to Imogen's Great Cycle Challenge Page to help her reach her fundraising goals.