Funds From Beats Cycle For Hope Stays In Portland

Photo from Left: Frank Farnsworth, Kellie Wakely & Mandy Beattie
Friday, 17 February 2017
As the Rotary Club of Portland Beats Cycle for Hope team gears up for its 2017 event on March 19, local cancer patients are appreciating the outcomes of last year’s ride.

Beats Cycle For Hope is a 22km cycle challenge from Portland to Bridgewater Bay and was initiated by Paul Beattie who was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and died in 2013.

The event aims to encourage people of all ages to take on challenges and live fit active lives, and to raise funds to support local people and families affected by cancer.

Organisers hope the March 19 ride will match or pass the $12,000 raised last year. It is hoped more than 200 riders will take part.

PDH, the YMCA cancer care program and individuals with cancer and their carers and families are all benefitting from the annual fund-raiser.

A new wheelchair has been donated to the Portland District Health as part of the fundraising from 2016.

Apart from the wheelchair, PDH has gratefully received a wheelie commode chair for the palliative care unit and a coffee making machine for the PDH cancer support service room.

The team has also donated gift vouchers for carers of PDH palliative care clients and their carers as part of a random acts of kindness program.

Member Mandy Beattie and convenor Frank Farnsworth said all money raised by the team stays in Portland district and helps local people and their carers.

PDH Palliative Care Nursing Unit Manager Jo Spurge said the donations would make a real difference for people at a difficult time in their lives, Ms Spurge said.

Cancer support nurse Brooke Kelly said the program had made many fantastic donations in recent years which all go to improving care for local people.

Beats Cycle For Hope is a project of the Rotary Club of Portland Inc.

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