A WALLSEND couple are ready to jump on their bikes for Camp Quality’s 1000ks 4 Kids.
Ian and Mandy-Jane Hulse will clip into their pedals at Ipswich, Queensland this Saturday to start the 10-day ride home.
Personal trainer and masseuse Mrs Hulse was a part of last year’s ride, which raised $250,000 for local kids living with cancer. As part of the support team, Mrs Hulse as a massage therapist saw first-hand the camaraderie and support among the riders as they tested their bodies to raise money for the cause.
‘‘By the end of the first day I knew I would be doing it this year,’’ Mrs Hulse said.
However, Mr Hulse said at first he was hesitant to join her.
He felt his fitness levels were down and the 1000 kilometres sounded ‘‘very daunting’’.
After months of training and healthy eating, Mr Hulse decided he was ready.
The couple agreed the biggest challenge would be the mental strength needed to complete the ride.
‘‘It’s in those moments you realise why you are doing it – for kids with cancer,’’ Mrs Hulse said.
‘‘This is nothing [compared to their daily challenges].’’
When it gets tough, Mrs Hulse said she would draw on Camp Quality’s motto – ‘‘laughter is the best medicine’’.
The Hulses will be joined by 33 riders from Newcastle. Each rider has already raised at least $4000 for Camp Quality. To date the ride has raise more than $250,000.
This year’s goal is $300,000.
It is hoped the shortfall will be made up on the road with fund-raising events and at the welcome home party.
On Sunday, September 15, the riders will complete their last leg as they come home to The Junction.
A family fun day with face painting, kids’ rides and a barbecue will be held outside the Junction Hotel, from 9am to 12pm to celebrate the riders’ mammoth effort.
■ Go to mycampquality.org.au and click on ‘‘1000ks4kids’’ to donate.