As Maryborough’s annual Energy Breakthrough competition draws closer, Highview College students are training for more than just first place on the podium.
Alongside their regular training, the school’s EBT team are taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge fundraiser, inspired by former team manager and Highview graduate Kodie Smith and her family.
The cycle challenge raises money to fight kids’ cancer which after launching in 2013, has become one of the biggest cycle events in Australia.
Participants sign up as a team or individual, set a ride target and log the kilometres they cover during the month of October.
Over 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and three die from the disease every week, statistics Kodie and her family are all too familiar with.
Kodie’s younger brother Reed, also a Highview student, was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of two.
He underwent three years of chemotherapy and Kodie said it was a difficult time for the Talbot-based family.
Reed, now 16, overcame the cancer but in November last year, their mother Narelle was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.
Despite the hardships Kodie and her family have faced, she said she was “shocked” but happy that the Highview students decided to take on the cycle challenge.
To donate to the Highview team visit www.greatcyclechallenge. com.au and search for Highview College EBT Team.
For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 25.