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Riding to conquer cancer

Along with her mum, auntie and partner Jill, Tara Cull is set for an epic cycling journey through Victoria’s scenic countryside – all to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

“Our team is called the Rolling Stones,” Tara (in the centre of the photo above) tells Same Same. “It’s inspired by my grandma Jane Stone, who is currently undergoing Chemo at Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.”

Taking place over two days, the Ride to Conquer Cancer happens in October, starting in Melbourne and taking in the rolling hills and vineyards around the Yarra Valley. This is a challenging adventure which the Rolling Stones have been in training for since the start of the year. Funds the participants raise goes directly to Peter Mac –the only public hospital in Australia which is solely dedicated to cancer.

“The way it works is all three of us need to raise $2,500 each – as a minimum – in order to enter,” explains Tara. “So, as you can imagine it feels like a big task while trying to also train.”

So far the awesome foursome have raised well over $6,000, but are still several thousand dollars off their target.

“We’re doing this because we know that cancer is too big a disease to ignore,” she adds. “It affects everyone, maybe you, me, our parents, kids, siblings or friends. Sadly, maybe all of the above.

“But by riding in this event we are doing something about it. We’re rolling closer and closer to the end of cancer and we are doing it together to show our support to each other and the people we love.”

Check out the Rolling Stones’ fundraising page here and catch up with the latest from the inspiring cyclists here on their official blog.

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