Joseph Hodge is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge over October to raise funds for children with cancer

RIDE ON LEGEND: Joseph Hodge is aiming to ride 1000km over October and raise $2500 to help battle children's cancer. Photo: Matt Welch.
RIDE ON LEGEND: Joseph Hodge is aiming to ride 1000km over October and raise $2500 to help battle children's cancer. Photo: Matt Welch.

A Murray Bridge community member will take part in the Great Cycle Challenge in hope to raise $2500 for kids battling cancer.

Joseph Hodge has rode 217.3km in the first week of October and he is aiming to make it to 1000km by the end of the month.

Seeing kids suffer and parents struggle throughout the ordeal pushed Hodge to get on a bike and help out however he could.

"Kids should be living life, not fighting for it," Mr Hodge said.

"It's been crazy with the amount of donations already coming in. I'm really thankful for everyone who has supported the cause so far.

"We lost our first baby a few years ago and we are expecting another one next year.

"I'm at the Women's and Children's Hospital a lot due to the pregnancy and seeing these kids from one to four years old with cancer, fighting for their lives, I had to try and help out somehow.

"So, I am riding to raise funds to support the Children's Medical Research Institute so they can continue their work with prevention, diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure for childhood cancer."

SPEEDY START: Joseph Hodge has ridden 217.3km in the first week of October and he is aiming to make it to 1000km by the end of the month. Photo: Matt Welch.

SPEEDY START: Joseph Hodge has ridden 217.3km in the first week of October and he is aiming to make it to 1000km by the end of the month. Photo: Matt Welch.

The Murraylands community and afar have dug generously and put Hodge in a great spot to smash his financial target.

"I've been riding as much as I can and I'm nearly at $2000 already," Mr Hodge said.

"I've got flyers up with scan codes that take people right to my website to donate and see my progress. Due to everyone's generosity, I'm up with the highest donations raised in South Australia sitting at seventh.

"Last week I did 70km on Friday then 92km on Saturday. Everything is recorded and logged. I'll be aiming to crack the 100km mark on Friday, October 8. But, the donations have been amazing and I can't thank everyone enough for their generosity."

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, the Great Cycle Challenge riders around the country raised $2,500,000. These funds will greatly help children in need.

"It really puts your "bad" days into perspective," Mr Hodge said.

"There are so many people out there donating and I've seen with the people donating, they know someone in their life with cancer as well.

"It's sad, but hopefully with us all pulling together, we can give these kids a brighter future they deserve."

If you would like to help Joseph Hodge on his quest to raise $2500 for children's cancer, please visit: www.greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/JosephHodge to donate.

All Joseph's rides and donations can be viewed also on the website.

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