Plucky teen cycles for a cure

Plucky teen cycles for a cure

David took the challenge in memory of his grandma to support cancer research. 

Canberra’s 17-year-old David Guinane has always loved cycling having started the sport at an early age.

When his Mum and Dad said they were taking on Fitz’s Challenge, Canberra’s toughest cycling event, he knew he wanted to be a part of it.

"Fitz’s sounds like a good thing to do as a family,” David said. “I wanted to take on a challenge so I’ve been training and doing some 100km rides. I think I’ll be ok."

David is also raising funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project, a charity that funds ground breaking childhood cancer research. More Australian children die from cancer than any other disease. In fact, 950 children aged between 0-18 are diagnosed each year. So far, David has raised $865 for the cause.

"My family and friends have been really supportive, everyone has donated and it has been great to get that level of support,” David said. “I’ve been surprised by the generosity, I thought people might just donate small amounts."

"My grandmother passed away from cancer before I was born so my Mum has always been keen to support cancer research,” David continued. “It’s important to invest in research because I believe a cure for cancer will eventually be discovered and I want to do what I can to speed up the process."