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CMRI kids ride on for Great Cycle Challenge


It is half way through October and all those taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge (GCC) fundraiser for Children’s Medical Research are still going strong – including staff like Michelle Paton and her kids.

Michelle’s seven-year-old son Caleb heard what the event was all about and wanted to take part.
“I’m trying to instil in the kids to think of others,’’ she said. “He said he wanted to raise money to help the kids. He’s quite passionate about it. He wanted to learn about cancer.

He said – ‘if cancer was a bug I’d stomp on it a million times’.’’

Michelle, who works as a personal assistant at CMRI, and her three-year-old daughter Sophie have joined Caleb on his journey around their local area and she has been impressed by his commitment.

“He rode 14km on his first day – that’s the biggest ride he’s ever done. I signed him up to get $100 and he got that on the first day so now I’ve made the challenge bigger. He’s just so stoked that everyone has given him money.’’

The Great Cycle Challenge is a major fundraiser to find a cure for childhood cancer with all funds raised going to CMRI. The idea is to commit to ride a certain number of kilometres throughout October and seek sponsorship.

Wednesday, 18th October is Kick Cancer's Butt Day and all donations made on the day will be matched by GCC sponsors. Make your donate count by donating to the Great Cycle Challenge this Wednesday at or by contributing directly to Caleb’s ride to help him complete his challenge!