• Smiddy Challenge is on the road!

Tomorrow, the ninth annual Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge sets off from the University of Queensland Aquatic Centre.

This unique and very special eight day, 1600 km journey from Brisbane to Townsville is every ounce as life-affirming as it is challenging for our 50 riders and 10 ‘road crew’.

A “Journey of Friends”, this is indeed the very heartbeat of Smiling for Smiddy; of the wonderful people it attracts as participants, volunteers and supporters; and of the world class research and patient care efforts it funds across the most common men’s and women’s cancers.

Thank you for supporting the Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge—which showcases courage, mateship, teamwork and a determination to fight cancer with spirit and togetherness.

The warmth and generosity experienced by our riders from the communities who welcome, host and feed us along the journey helps to sustain our riders. So too does your support.

On the hardest days of the Smiddy Challenge, we all think about those for whom we ride.

For me, it is Adam. When I roll into our many rest stops exhausted and see Adam’s parents, David and Maria Smiddy—I am immediately humbled by their stoicism. Then I look around the group, and the stories of hurt and loss from my fellow riders echo in my ears, and I’m ready to get back on my bike. I know the other 49 riders feel the same way.

Thank you for your continued support of Smiling for Smiddy.

Before we even make one pedal stroke—our 2014 team have already raised in excess of $200 000 with their fundraising efforts so far.

What a fantastic effort this is… and now they will ride an epic 1600 km!

We would like to take this opportunity also to thank all our sponsors, headlined by Bottlemart, for their continued support of our program which enables us to keep pedalling, and to keep fighting to defeat this horrible disease.

Mark ‘Sharky’ Smoothy

The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.