A cycling team led by Central Coast GP Elly Warren has raised $100,000 for the Darkinjung community to help improve cancer outcomes.
Warren said the cheque would be presented to Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre on Monday, June 20.
Her team, Alpine Everesting, saw 27 riders climb to a height of 10000m, riding 400km in 36 hours in an Everesting ROAM challenge in the Victorian High Country.
“Twenty women completed the challenge (only 27 other women in the world had completed the challenge previously) and seven men,” Warren said.
“We had the youngest woman to ever complete the challenge (17) and the oldest (57).
“It was my 4th Everesting challenge for charity, all aimed to shine a spotlight on the cancer gap for Aboriginal people.
“Wiradjuri artist Jodi Shannon lost her nephew to cancer at the age of five and created a unique artwork for us to customise into fundraising items and our cycling kit.”
Warren said the money raised would go towards funding a cancer navigator Aboriginal Nurse position at Yerin to help break down access barriers for people with cancer, accompany them to appointments and facilitate treatment as well as coordinating cancer prevention activities for the local community.
“This is a much-needed position that may be rolled out elsewhere depending on future funding,” she said.
There are still fundraising items available for sale at the alpineeveresting.com.au website with 100 per cent of money raised going to the cause.
Media release, Jun 15
Dr Elly Warren