Ride: Melbourne To Sydney
My name is Phoebe and I’m a third year medical student studying at the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital. In April this year, I’ll be joining a group of individuals on an incredible cycling journey – tackling the mere 1000km of road separating Melbourne and Sydney. Along the way we’ll be stopping (thankfully) in local towns to promote community based health initiatives and inspire residents to engage in healthy, active lifestyles.
I’ll be riding with an organisation called Steer North, a health promotion charity that aims to raise money for and increase awareness of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), an institution with close ties to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. I have seen firsthand the work that the physicians, clinical scientists and researchers in this precinct are involved with; their pursuits aid hundreds of patients annually with serious and complicated health issues and it is a privilege to be able to assist with these endeavours.
I hope to end the journey with a smile on my face, an excellent cycling tan, some much needed funds for VCCC and the knowledge that I have ridden for those who are no longer able to ride. 1000km may be a bit longer than my average weekend ride, but it is nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients and their families at VCCC.
How can you get involved? Short of joining the peloton yourself, any support that you can provide for this wonderful cause would be greatly appreciated. Tell your friends, tell your mum, jump on your bike and help us train – none of this can happen without a bit of your help along the journey.
Thank you so much in advance for your help – even a little goes a long way (hundreds of kilometres in fact!).