A GOONDIWINDI midwife has completed an epic nine-day, 560-kilometre cycling adventure to raise funds for her local hospital auxiliary.
Kerryanne Maddox was part of a contingent that cycled from the border town to the Gold Coast over the notorious Border Ranges taking in fields, vineyards and rainforests.
The trip raised $3700 which was presented to the Goondiwindi Hospital Auxiliary.
“It was an amazing way to see the country, and quite a mindful experience. As the group cycled through the hills, we were often on our own,” Ms Maddox said.
Dubbed the ‘Saddle Sore for a Cause’, the trip was also an opportunity for Ms Maddox to celebrate a milestone birthday with two of her close friends.
“I never had the desire to ride a bike ever, but I was turning 50 and decided to try a few different things over the course of the year,” she said.
“I have completed a few mud-obstacle type events so it was time for something different. I bought a bike, started training and decided to do it.”
After four months of training, the Goondiwindi trio was “saddle ready”. However, the sheer scale of the cycle journey was something that they could not have imagined.
They averaged between 70 and 80 kilometres each day, with the longest ride just over 100 kilometres in one day.
“It was a challenge to get up every morning and face the hills,” she said.
“But we didn’t want to let anyone down and we knew we had the community behind us. We couldn’t just say ‘sorry that was too tough’.
“We were determined not to quit; we wanted to be there for the finish line photo.”
Ms Maddox said the community’s support was overwhelming.
“It was great to present the cheque for $3700 to the hospital auxiliary, especially since we set out to raise $3000,” she said.
“The Goondiwindi Hospital Auxiliary is a not-for-profit organisation close to our hearts that provides equipment and furnishings to make patients and their families more comfortable.
“This organisation is made up of volunteers who work tirelessly all year to raise money to buy much needed equipment and furnishings for the local hospital.”
Goondiwindi Hospital Auxiliary president Maurie Ryan was pleased to accept the donation, on behalf of the auxiliary.
Mr Ryan said the funds would go towards the purchase of a fold-out sofa for the children’s ward.
“We bought one a few months ago and it has been such a success that we decided to use the cycling donation for another one for the children’s ward,” he said.
“The idea is that a parent can stay with their sick child overnight. They are similar to a business seat in an aircraft; good to sit on but they can also lay flat.”