2021 Great Cycle Challenge Australia | Busselton volunteer firefighters ride for children's cancer research

Busselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service crew are taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Busselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service crew are taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Busselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service crew are doing their bit to raise money for children's cancer research by taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge Australia.

The annual event started in 2013 to raise funds for the Children's Medical Research Institute, becoming one of the biggest cycling events in Australia.

In the eight years since it started, the challenge has seen 79,047 riders from across Australia cycle more than 21 million kilometres raising more than $27 million that supports research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancers.

Busselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service senior firefighter Steve Reynolds said part of their crew were taking part in the challenge throughout the month of October.

"We are raising money to fight childhood cancers," he said.

"I started it last year and the brigade supported me, we had a ride with a few of the members who came along.

"This year we have made it a team event, there are about six of us cycling throughout the whole month, which has been cool.

"Already we have raised just over $1,000 and our goal is $5,000 for the month.

"Collectively we hope to cycle about 1,000 kilometers this month, we hope to beat both of those targets.

"On Sunday, we had our first ride, we were planning on doing about 25 kms, we got 6 kms in and had a fire call so we had to turn around and go back.

"We'll be doing a couple of group rides, rides individually and towards the end of the month we will ride from Busselton station to Dunsborough station and back again."

To help the volunteer crew meet their targets, people can make a donation and help them raise funds online at greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Teams/BusseltonVFRS.