CYCLING: Shirley and Allan Voss gift Kelly Thor a bicycle, with SALT's Rick Young.
CYCLING: Shirley and Allan Voss gift Kelly Thor a bicycle, with SALT's Rick Young. Contributed

Pedalling to great lengths

WITH more than a month to go until Christmas the gift of giving can be felt in the air at SALT Health Club.

The Caloundra club recently hosted a fundraising event in support of Parkinson's QLD.

But it was in the lead up to the Pedal for Parkinson's event that Parkinson's sufferer Shirley Voss donated her triathlon bike to one of the club's young members Kelly Thor, who had just celebrated his 15th birthday.

Kelly's aunt also suffers from the disease so the cause is close to his heart.

"I had met Shirely at the first Parkinson's event,” Kelly said.

"It was there I told her about the triathlon mum and I are doing and she asked if I had a bike.

"I felt so happy when I got the bike - I didn't expect

it.”

Kelly's Dad Stuart said the timing could not have been more perfect.

"He was planning to do the triathlon and Shirley realised that she had a bike she didn't use any more,” Stuart said.

"Shirely and her partner Allan asked me if it was okay to gift him the bike, which was so generous.

"Kelly was looking and we were just about to buy one, so the timing worked out well that way.”

An incredible 664.6km was cranked out by 12 teams over two hours at the Pedal for Parkinson's event: $871.84 was raised on the day, bringing SALT's fundraising total to $2201.82, which is in support of the charity Parkinson's QLD.

"We are now well on our way to achieving our $10,000 fundraising goal,” Kelly said.

"Creating awareness of Parkinson's disease, particularly in Queensland is incredibly important,” SALT Health Club's Wendy Young said.



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