Tweed pensioner Jack Griffin.
Tweed pensioner Jack Griffin.

Marathon ride is no sweat

FOR a man with a 1680-kilometre bike ride ahead of him, 85-year-old Jack Griffin does not seem too worried.

That's because several members of the local business community have pitched in to help the Tweed Heads man's on his cycling odyssey from Brisbane to Cairns, all to raise money for a new stress machine for Tweed Hospital.

Earlier this week the hospital was presented with a cheque for $1000 from Tweed Heads South sportswear company Cannibal Clothing.

At the same time Mr Griffin received clothing and bike gear from Shortis Cycle and Tri in Tweed Heads and a support van from Rentals Queensland.

He sets out for his attempt on Sunday. Cannibal Clothing owner Glenn Forbes said it was an honour to sponsor Mr Griffin.

“Jack is a great ambassador for people in retirement and semi-retirement,” Mr Forbes said.

“To be 85 years old and still doing daily exercise like this is amazing. He's remarkable and you have to admire people like that.

“He used to race the best people in Australia. Some people his age can't even go down the road to buy a paper, let alone ride 60 kilometres a day in preparation.”

Mr Forbes said his business prided itself on its generosity to good causes.

“We support a lot of things in Australia but it's good to help out locally,” he said.

“Hospitals are always struggling to buy equipment.”

Shortis Cycle and Tri manager Marcus Altmann said he had known Mr Griffin for 10 years and wanted to help him in his quest to raise money for such a worthy cause.

The Tweed Heads store provided Mr Griffin with clothing, equipment, tools and pumps to prepare him for any eventuality.Brisbane to Cairns is not the furthest Mr Griffin has ridden - he pedalled around Australia in 1985, when he was 61, and again in 1992 and 1996.

In 1999 he rode from Tweed Heads to Canberra to meet then Prime Minister John Howard.

He hopes to reach the Sunshine Coast on his first day.

To donate to Tweed Hospital and support Mr Griffin's cause, send a cheque to the Jack Griffin Bike Ride - Special Purpose and Trust Fund, care of The Tweed Hospital, PO Box 904, Tweed Heads, 2485.

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