Canadian firefighter’s fundraising journey

A ride supporting cancer fundraising will be coming through Kingston on Saturday. 

South Australia’s fire services are supporting a Canadian firefighter’s global cancer fundraising cycling journey, which has now reached South Australia.

Captain Rudy Pospisil is a cancer survivor who has already cycled about 25,000km through 15 countries.

Currently he is pedalling 4000km from Perth to Melbourne raising money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Victoria – supported by Australian firefighters along the way.

Metropolitan Fire Service and Country Fire Service firefighters are supporting Rudy as he travels though South Australia.

MFS Deputy Chief Officer Michael Morgan said: “Few people in our community are untouched by cancer and I’m proud that MFS firefighters are able to contribute to Rudy’s efforts to raise research funds to prevent and treat cancer in the future.

“Cycling across Australia could be such a long and lonely experience, and it has been a privilege for the MFS and CFS to provide support to this journey by way of escort vehicles and firefighters who have given up their own time to riding alongside Rudy.”

CFS Deputy Chief Andrew Stark added: “CFS volunteers look forward to welcoming Rudy into their towns and stations in the coming days.

“This is a wonderful cause towards a disease which has unfortunately touched so many of our members and their families.”

Rudy wants to use his journey not only to raise critical funds, but to pay tribute to the thousands of Australians who are currently fighting cancer or who have lost their battle.

Members of the public are encouraged to make a donation and dedicate a kilometre of Rudy’s journey to a loved one who has faced their own cancer journey. The Firefighters Charity Fund is pledging to match, dollar for dollar, up to $33,000 in donations given.

Rudy’s journey has inspired communities in various countries to not only donate to local charities but to join him on his ride, even if only for a few kilometres.

Rudy will ride through South Australia and will be met at Mount Gambier by members of Victoria’s MFB.

From there he will be escorted on the next stage of his ride, culminating in a gathering of firefighters from around the world in Melbourne the following Saturday, November 18.

Members of the public wishing to donate to Rudy’s Ride or sponsor a kilometre can visit the ride website here: https://www.rudysride.org.au/.

Or you can donate directly to the Australian beneficiary the Peter Mac Cancer Centre https://www.petermac.org/.