Community-minded local Sameera Bashir has been smashing kilometres for the Great Cycle Challenge Australia.
The Challenge started in 2013 and has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in Australia, with people of all ages and abilities setting themselves a personal riding goal and challenge to pedal throughout October to fight kids’ cancer.
Almost 56,000 riders from around Australia have ridden a total of 13,341,418 km raising $16,300,890 over six years in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.
Ms Bashir, a talented musician/singer and fitness instructor, is delighted with the support she has received during her cycling endeavour during the past month.
“Thanks to Narrandera businesses and its generous community I have so far raised $2749 for the Great Cycle Challenge, raising funds for medical research to help the kids fight cancer,” she said. “Cancer is the largest single disease kids die from in Australia, 600 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year and three die each week.”
After seeing these statistics and realising kids should be living life not fighting for it, Ms Bashir decided to put her love for bicycle riding to help the Children’s Medical Research Institute. She is also part of a team of three riders known as the Rocky Horrors along with Dwayne and Nicole Matthews.
Ms Bashir is ranked 55 in NSW in her solo efforts and stands at position 127 nationally. So far this year the Great Cycle Challenge Community has ridden 1,151,765km and raised $3571, 951.
“To be able to be a part of this myself and knowing Narrandera’s community effort, the donations will be contributing to the research for a cure,” Ms Bashir said. “Knowing we can all make a difference makes this challenge invigorating and great to be a part of, unfortunately most of us know someone and their family who has suffered the effects of cancer.”
To donate please contact Sameera on 0427 113 989 or go to greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/SameeraBashir