Siblings cycle 420kmfor mum with cancer

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Ashleigh and Nicholas Garbin cycled a combined total of 420km in March.
Camera IconAshleigh and Nicholas Garbin cycled a combined total of 420km in March. Credit: Supplied

A Rockingham brother-and- sister duo cycled a combined total of 420km in March and raised more than $12,500 for Cancer Council WA.

Ashleigh and Nicholas Garbin took on the challenge over three days to show support for their mother, who was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.

Ms Garbin said both she and her brother were proud of their efforts and were also grateful to everyone who had supported them.

“My brother, Nicholas, and I were inspired to fundraise for Cancer Council WA after our mum, Tonia, was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma mid-last year,” she said. “It has been a very rocky ride for us, so we wanted to help and support others with cancer in any way possible.

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“We originally set a goal of raising $5000 but we raised that in under 24 hours, so upped our target to $10,000.”

Ms Garbin said the original plan was for the pair to cycle 300km together, but because of social distancing, they had to ride separately.

“Nick rode 300km from Cape Leeuwin to Rockingham over three days while I rode 120km locally around Rockingham,” she said.

“In the end, we raised a massive $12,537, which is more than double our original target and we are so proud of how much we raised.

“Words cannot express how grateful we are for the support we received from everyone.”

Cancer Council WA cancer information and support services director Melanie Marsh congratulated the pair on their fundraising efforts and said it was crucial to continue to support those living with cancer during these challenging times.

“We are incredibly grateful to Ashleigh and Nicholas for supporting Cancer Council WA and their mum during this time of uncertainty,” Ms Marsh said.

“The current uncertainty and risk of the COVID-19 pandemic creates additional stress for the 33 Western Australians that are still receiving a cancer diagnosis each day.

“They join 87,000 West Australians directly affected by cancer as some of the most vulnerable people in our community, and it is crucial that we support them during this time.

“With support like that from Ashleigh and Nicholas, we can ensure cancer patients have vital support when they need it most.”

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