Karen Burke, Tarnya Sim, Kathy McGarry and Tiana Dunstow after their fundraising ride.
Karen Burke, Tarnya Sim, Kathy McGarry and Tiana Dunstow after their fundraising ride. Craig Sadler

Fitness funding a cure for cancer

HELP the Casuarina Beach Bums raise funds for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research’s cancer studies.

For a donation of $20 each, team captain Kathy McGarry led Bums Tarnya Sim, Tiana Dunstow, Kate Stoten, Gillian Middlebrook and Karen Burke and about 15 others on a ride yesterday from the Casuarina Rec Club to Salt for some boxing, then to Kingscliff for fitness training and finally back to the club for yoga.

Ms McGarry said yesterday’s ride and six more upcoming fundraising events were designed to charge people for something they could enjoy rather than simply asking for money.

“We’ve got a Facebook page and people can donate to us online at conquercancer.org.au,” Ms McGarry said.

She said she had lost both her parents to cancer.

“One of the girls riding today had a close friend die from cancer.

“Another girl’s father actually started undergoing treatment after we started organising the ride.

“The more they find out about cancer the better, and it does take money.”

The group raised $620 toward a total of $2500 required for the Bums to ultimately pedal 200-kilometres in two-days during August in support of cancer research.

Ms McGarry said the group had business community support from Hutchinson Builders,

Kingscliff Chou Box, Consolidated Constructions, the Ivory Tavern, Cartel Coffee, Kingscliff Beach Bakery and Jack Sprat’s Butchery.

“We’re actually non-bike riders.

“We’re not really this fit group of bike-riding women, but that’s what makes it more fun.”

To support the Casuarina Beach Bums’ quest contact Ms McGarry on 0402 528 404.



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