One of Bordertown Hospital’s docs will experience a unicycle from Melbourne to Adelaide as a part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s Ride as One in 2017.
Dr Ian Jones is a gynecologist that commonly sees sufferers in Bordertown and can lead ‘Team Unified’ alongside spouse Hendrika Meyer and accountant Dario Zollo within the charity biking occasion.
The journey will increase funds particularly to help the inspiration’s regional help program, together with the supply of free lodging and transport providers on the affected person village in Lightsview.
The 15 unit facility was particularly constructed to offer free medium and long run lodging for regional households who have to relocate to Adelaide to obtain remedy.
Dr Jones has been working at Bordertown for round 13 years and in addition visits Naracoorte, Nhill and Wallaroo as he loves nation individuals.
“Country work is my contribution to public work,” he stated.
Ride as One will this yr function a 50 rider peloton led by Olympic bike owner Amy Cure on a seven day, 1070 kilometre journey from Melbourne to Adelaide from April 29 to May 5.
Team Unified will depart St Kilda one week forward of the remainder of the peloton to meet up with riders in Adelaide on the final day of the primary journey, after which main the sector into the Leukaemia Foundation’s affected person lodging village in Lightsview.
The riders will cycle by way of Mount Gambier and move via Millicent, Kingston and Robe offering a chance for SE residents to help them.
The additional week has been given after the unicycle was introduced in, with a a lot slower velocity of round 10-14km per hour that may require a whole lot of additional work and loads of breaks.
Dr Jones is the one one taking the problem on a unicycle and stated it was a suggestion made by Simon Matthias, General Manager for the Leukemia basis in SA/NT over dinner.
“The others are not crazy enough. Anything I can do to help is a good idea,” Dr Jones stated.
The workforce are nonetheless trying to double what they’ve presently reached in funds and are looking for extra donations from rural communities particularly as 70 % of the cash raised will go to the lodging village that’s offered for touring sufferers.
“My best hope is to inspire people in the country to get behind me,” he stated.
Dr Jones initially needed to be a pediatrician, however after working in a ward on the Women’s and Children’s hospital in Adelaide he found that it might be too traumatic to pursue.
“The people that do these jobs are just amazing,” Dr Jones stated.
“One of the most moving things I’ve ever experienced in my life is working with children with cancer.”
The different 30 % will go in the direction of additional analysis into leukemia that Dr Jones stated had an enormous turnaround 15 years in the past.
“It’s one of those areas where we have really seen the benefits of research come through,” he stated.
“The good part is that we do get to save some of the children these days, but we can’t save all of them.”
More than 60,000 Australians live with blood most cancers or associated issues, and the equal of 1 individual each 41 minutes is recognized.
Mr Matthias stated “Ride as One is the opportunity of a lifetime to take to a bike and explore spectacular locations and to be part of an incredible journey, and all to raise funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation.”
“A analysis turns individuals’s lives the wrong way up, together with that of their shut household and the Foundation’s village has been a key a part of the providers we provide to regional sufferers.
“Since opening in December 2013, the village has offered almost 13,000 nights of free lodging to regional households.” Mr Matthias stated.
“The going on Ride as One will be tough, but so are the challenges faced by people with blood cancer, every day.”
To discover out extra about Ride as One and to help the marketing campaign go to www.rideasone.org.au