Recently, the group Jet Ski For a Cure announced that that May 1, 2015 will mark the date for a fundraiser for cancer research. A group of committed Australian personal watercraft riders will take on the daunting task of a 1,600-kilometer journey from Gold Coast to Townsville to raise money for Cancer Council Queensland. The grueling ride will take approximately 12 days to complete, including two days of rest, and several charity stops along the way.
The concept “Jetski for a Cure” was born after speaking with the Queensland Cancer Council, which is also when the decision was made to ride from the Gold Coast into Townsville, according to EveryDayHero.com. It was also noted that one in three Australians are affected by cancer.
Brendon Guy, the founder of Jet Ski Heaven, lost his first wife to cancer in 2006. He said, “Fiona was only 36 years old, this devastated my three boys and I.” He wanted to do something for cancer research after his loss so he and his mate; Peter Lee came up with Jet Ski Heaven.
Theresa Gray, who is the third member of “the crew” jumped on board so she could ride around Australia with a group and do some good in the meantime. She and her husband bought their first jet ski in 2013 and the two of them could not get on the water enough and this event offers both a long ride for a good cause. Her goal is to raise $2500 because the ride is done in stages, ten in all and she wants to raise $250 per stage.