School boss hits road for good cause
KINGSCLIFF High School principal Alan Tolley has swapped school books for a bicycle this week to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
He has hit the highway with almost 40 other riders aiming to raise $52,000 as part of the Yellow Pages Hell on Wheels Cycle Tour.
The riders rode from Murwillumbah to Ballina yesterday and today the journey will continue on to Lismore.
Mr Tolley said he was fulfilling a long-term goal by taking part in the ride.
“I've been wanting to do this for the past three or four years, and I finally managed to get the stars to align,” Mr Tolley said.
“It was in my previous position at Richmond River High School in Lismore that I really became aware of the rescue helicopter, because you saw it all the time.
“The reason I wanted to take part and help raise money for the helicopter is that one day it could be me or one of my kids that needs to be winched out of somewhere.”
The riders started the 550km trek in Tenterfield last Saturday before riding to Drake, then Casino, Kyogle, Tyalgum, Murwillumbah, Ballina and finally on to Lismore today.
Although finding the event a challenge, Mr Tolley is no stranger to bicycles.
He often takes his students out for a mountain-bike ride.
Still, he did mention he was struggling with a particularly sore rear-end.
“Sore bum aside, I've got to compliment the organisers of this event because it has been extremely well run; and the support from the public has been phenomenal,” he said.
Individuals and businesses wishing to sponsor a rider or make a donation can call 6627 4444 orvisit: www.helirescue.com.au.