Footy legend riding into Coffs Harbour

HE might be fearsome on the outside but rugby league front row forward Mark Tookey is just another doting dad.

And proving his heart is almost as big as the extra large body that carried him through more than 200 first grade games, NRL cult figure Mark Tookey is determined to ride his bicycle all the way to Canberra to raise awareness of cerebral palsy while building a bank of funds to aid research into the illness.

“My youngest daughter, Chloe, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy last year and I know first-hand the impact this condition has on the families,” he said.

“The ride to Canberra will take 12 days and we are hoping to raise over $250,000 to fund research.”

Tookey and his entourage set out from Logan Council Chambers in Brisbane on Monday morning and were led out of the city by an escort of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

The riders will be on the road in the cool of the morning for the 82km leg into Coffs Harbour and are expected to arrive around 1.30pm today.

Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Cr Keith Rhoades, will meet the expedition at 4pm at a public function in Rotary Park, opposite the Council chambers, to which all are invited.

Following an overnight stay, the trek to the national capital will resume tomorrow with the next stage being a 108km ride to South West Rocks.



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