In 2005 Lions were approached by a cyclist whose grandchild had benefited from successful cancer treatment. He highlighted the necessity for further research into the treatment of childhood cancers and invited Lions to support this need through the development of a fundraising cycling event.
The first Lions Fun Ride was a four day event starting in Tenterfield (NSW) and ending in Morayfield (QLD). The nature of the ride has evolved in response to rider feedback and the subsequent five day, "Town to Town" format became a "Hub Ride," based in Warwick in 2018. This popular format was repeated with a Kingaroy based ride in 2019, and the 2020 event will explore the countryside from a Pittsworth base.
Being a Fun Ride and not a race, cyclists can enjoy traversing the quieter back roads of picturesque country regions such as the Darling Downs and the South Burnett. On the road, Lions volunteers support the riders with safety vehicles and carry lunches, water and other items for each rider group.
All funds raised by the Kallangur Lions Fun Ride are dedicated to Children's Cancer Institute, the only research organisation in Australia devoted solely to identifying the causes and treatments for childhood cancers and leukaemia. So far, the Lions Fun Ride has raised almost $700 000 to support the Children's Cancer Institute's valuable research.
Kallangur Lions thank our past riders and sponsors and we look forward to you joining us to support the great work being done by the Children's Cancer Institute next year.