Queenslanders embark on virtual tour across Australia for charity

Queensland, it’s time to pick up the pace and get into gear for Australia’s newest fundraising campaign – a 5200km virtual cycling tour across Australia.

Queenslanders are encouraged to register a team of five for The Great Southern Crossing and virtually cycle from Brisbane to Perth, via Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The initiative, supported by Suncorp, enables cyclists to collectively ride 5200km from November 1 – 29, 2015, and fundraise for their charity of choice, including Cancer Council Queensland.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift encouraged Queenslanders to get cycling and select Cancer Council as their charity of choice.

“With more than 25,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year, we need help to make a tangible difference in the fight against cancer,” Ms Clift said.

“No matter where you live, you can join The Great Southern Crossing and be a part of this new and exciting virtual initiative.

“Simply register a team of five and get cycling! If each team member rides 260km per week for four weeks, you’ll cover the distance from Brisbane to Perth and make a difference in doing so.

“With your help, Cancer Council Queensland can continue to fund life-saving research and provide local support to loved ones affected by cancer.”

Ms Clift commended Suncorp for encouraging Queenslanders to get active and lead a healthy lifestyle.

“Participating in The Great Southern Crossing gives hope to people affected by cancer, and keeps you healthy and fit at the same time,” Ms Clift said.

“One third of all cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices like maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.

“So register now – boost your own health, and make a positive difference for a worthwhile cause.”

Participants can connect with other cyclists on social media via #greatsoutherncrossing and #crosswithus.

To secure your spot, visit greatsoutherncrossing.com/cancer-council-qld/. Each participant has a minimum fundraising target of $1000.

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland, visit www.cancerqld.org.auu or call 13 11 20.

For interview opportunities, please call:

Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland

Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171

For more information, please contact:

Laura McKoy, Senior Media Advisor, Cancer Council Queensland

P. (07) (07) 3634 5345 M. 0428 580 363