Two brothers in tutus
GEARED up in lycra and tutus, Coffs Harbour brothers Paul and Peter Grant have ridden more than 1000 kilometres for a mighty cause.
Last month they were among 13 cyclists who rode their pushbikes from Melbourne to Adelaide and raised $140,000 for the Jodi Lee Foundation.
They were joined by another Coffs Harbour resident Jodie Lyons who was part of the support crew.
The foundation, set up in memory of Adelaide woman Jodi Lee, raises awareness about bowel cancer and how early detection can save lives.
“A little black dress was Jodi’s outfit of choice and therefore the bike ride, conceived at her wake, became known as The Ride For The Little Black Dress,” Peter Grant said.
“This is the explanation for the eclectic masculine cycling group of 13 guys proudly donning the black tutus for each day’s riding.”
Jodi Lee lost her two-yearfight against bowel cancer and she left behind her husband, Nick, and two young children Jack and Arabella.
At Jodi’s wake the idea of a bike ride from Melbourne to Adelaide to raise money for a cancer charity was born.
“Later in 2010, Nick established the Jodi Lee Foundation as some of the statistics around bowel cancer are horrifying,” Peter Grant said.
“However, bowel cancer is 90 per cent curable if diagnosed early, yet it kills more people than breast and cervical cancer combined.”
If you would like more information on the Jodi Lee Foundation and the fight against bowel cancer, or to donate, visit www.jodileefoundation.org.au
More information on the ride can be found at www.ridefortheblackdress.com