BY ROXANNE WILSON
A GROUP of 13 cyclists completed a gruelling six-day, 970km journey from Adelaide to Melbourne yesterday, having raised more than $130,000 for CanTeen.
The inaugural DBH Road Raise began on Sunday with riders — including footy great Andrew Jarman, former Sydney Swan Ryan O’Keefe and News Corp editorial director for SA, WA, NT and Tasmania, Melvin Mansell — finishing at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.
Mr Mansell said that the knowledge that their efforts were supporting CanTeen’s services helped them get through the ride. “Sure, it is an achievement to have ridden these kilometres, but I think what we’re all happy about is we’ve raised money and we’re going to help a lot of young people,” he said.
“Some of our days were pretty tough but I think what has been remarkable about this journey is we had a great team of people who all supported each other and got us through the hard times — because there were plenty of hard times.”
CanTeen CEO Peter Orchard joined the ride for the final leg from Geelong to Melbourne and said the money raised would fund programs for young people who have cancer in their family.
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