Tour comes to town

THE Tour de Cure team rode through Meningie, Kingston and Robe on Sunday to say #shutupcancer.

The 145km leg to Kingston proved tough with strong headwinds, however thankfully the conditions remained mostly dry.

The team stopped in sections at Kingston's Apex Park in the afternoon, with locals coming out to say hello and take photos with riders and Channel Seven's James Tobin and Mark Beretta.

After their brief stopover, and mandatory photos with Larry the Lobster, the team moved on and started the 44km journey to Robe.

At the Tour de Cure community dinner at Robe Hotel, a $10,000 donation was handed to the Robe Volunteer Ambulance Services to help in the training of medical and hospital staff at the Robe, Kinston and Beachport hospitals.

The tour team and guests, including Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams and Robe mayor Peter Riseley, enjoyed a sit down dinner after a hard day's work.

"To the riders, thank you for drawing our attention to the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyle in aiding the prevention of cancer," mayor Riseley said.

"On behalf of our community, I would like to offer a heartfelt and sincere thank you for the $10,000 cheque to the Robe Volunteer Ambulance Services for provision of specialised cancer and palliation training for the Robe region.

"This training will better prepare staff for the management and support of cancer patients and those with serious illnesses to provide the best of care that they can provide."

In welcoming Tour de Cure to the SE, Member for MacKillop Mr Williams said the insidious nature of cancer means that everyone needs to be aware, interested and part of the search for a cure.

"This training will better prepare staff for the management and support of cancer patients and those with serious illnesses to provide the best of care that they can provide," he said.

"This generous support will contribute immensely to the quality of care of patients within our community."

Coming along for the ride this year is ex-pro cyclist Jens Voigt, whose achievements include two Tour de France stages victories and five Critrium International titles.

"Like every family man, I want to do my bit to help prevent and ultimately cure cancer once and for all," he said.

"Cycling is a great way to raise funds and awareness and it promotes a healthy lifestyle which is key to prevention."

Tour de Cure is working closely with Jens and all team members to establish the hashtag #shutupcancer to draw attention to the various fundraising activities and events to help cure cancer.

On Sunday, the tour left from Robe and headed for Beachport and Tantanoola Primary Schools to give a presentation to the students on healthy living.

Through Tour de Cure's school program, "Be Fit, Be Healthy Be Happy", students better understood the concept of cancer and ways they can help prevent it.

Each student at the presentation received a "Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy" pack filled with various items including sunscreen, a water bottle, and yellow bouncy ball to further encourage an active healthy lifestyle.

The team will arrive in Melbourne on May 2 after covering more than 1300km over nine days.