CHARITY RIDES: Nick Loads raises money to conquer cancer.
CHARITY RIDES: Nick Loads raises money to conquer cancer.

Put in a bid to aid cancer research with this trivia event

WHAT is the deepest ocean? What is the name of the dog in The Simpsons? How can you help Nick Loads raise money to conquer cancer?

The answer to question three is to attend the Ride to Conquer Cancer trivia and auction night on July 18 at Sawtell RSL.

Nick Loads is a veteran Coffs Harbour fundraiser who drives himself hard.

In 2006, he lost his mother to bowel cancer and his life was touched by cancer again when his granddaughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 18 months.

Thanks to two life-saving operations, she is now cancer-free but still subject to ongoing scans.

While these two events are personal to Nick, he is well aware that one-in-two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 80.

This year, with a team of like-minded people, Nick entered the Ride To Conquer Cancer from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and back, which was a hefty 220km in two days.

He also rode the Tour Down Under Bupa Challenge in January, cycling 118kms to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

Last year, Nick's team raised more than $3000 towards cancer research.

This money went through the Vision Crusaders, who altogether raised $110,000. They are a group which raises money for cancer research because they have either had cancer or been close to a cancer-sufferer.

This year Nick has already raised an impressive $1650 and, while his motivation might be his own family experience, every penny he has raised has gone into cancer research.

Nick's parents were keen cyclists and, in their honour, Nick rides his father's lovingly restored 1948 model Bates of England road racer.

You don't need to get on your bike to help Nick. You just need to buy a $10 ticket for the July 18 trivia and auction night at Sawtell RSL that starts at 7pm.

Grab a few friends and book a table. Tickets at the club on 6653 1577.



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