Organisers of the 18th annual Bloomhill Bras n’ Bikes are asking riders to share their stories of battling cancer and to save the date for their 20 October 2019 event.
To promote the event, they have released this video of Valda Queenin who tells of her journey since being told she had breast cancer.
She also tells of the support she received from Bloomhill Cancer Care in Buderim which provides assistance for men and women with all types of cancer.
Now as a member of Girl Torque motorcycle group, Valda enjoys the opportunity of giving back through Bras n’ Bikes Charity Rides.
Organisers says that since 2014 they have raised $73,522 for the Sunshine Coast nursing and counselling service.
They hope to raise more than $20,000 this year.
The Charity ride was started by Bloomhill by Girl Torque founders, Helen Maurovic, Di Knowles and Anita Eley.
Helen was good friends with Bloomhill founder Margy Gargon, a friend of Di’s was a client at Bloomhill and Anita joined in to help organise the first event which attracted just 70 riders.
The most participants they have had is 560 and they are hoping to break that record this year and raise about $20,000.
Last year they raised raised $17,200 which helped 400 clients access Bloomhill’s services.
Melissa Wolpert of Bloomhill Cancer Care says that last year they dealt with 1200 clients which is a 35% increase. She points out they do not receive any government funding.
This year’s event on October 20 starts and finishes at the Yandina Bowls Club.
Riders of all types of bikes are encouraged to dress up in pink for the fashion parade.
You can now register for the event here: https://www.bloomhill.com.au/Event/bras-n-bikes-2019