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Brothers stop off in Tannum on global ride for cancer

FOR CHARITY: Andrew and Rob Corbett on their cycling trip raising money for McMillan Cancer Support.
FOR CHARITY: Andrew and Rob Corbett on their cycling trip raising money for McMillan Cancer Support. CONTRIBUTED

CYCLISTS Andrew and Robert Corbett dropped in to see relatives at Tannum Sands before continuing their around-the-world journey to help cancer patients.

The two brothers from Worcestershire in the United Kingdom do more than 100km a day, raising money for the McMillan Cancer Support group and St Richard's Hospice.

Having raced against the clock through a cold Chinese winter, the pair enjoyed catching up with their cousin, Bryan Horton, in Tannum Sands and soaking up the warmer Queensland weather.

"They're fattening us up for the second half," Andrew said.

"Coming through China in winter was really hard. On the Tibetan Plateau it was really cold and we had a very short visa so we had to go really fast. We did 160km every day," he said.

Andrew, a former professional footballer, and Rob, who works to engage youth through hands-on adventure trips, were inspired to go on the two-year charity ride after going many biking holidays.

Younger brother Rob said as they became more experienced riders, they looked to challenge themselves while raising money for a worthy cause.

"We'd done short trips around France and the Alps. Got bored with the Tour de France route," Rob said.

He said the trip took a lot of planning, but it got easier as the adventure went on.

"Not the mountains though, they're always steep," he said.

Leaving the Gladstone region to start the second half of their 43,000km trip, the Corbett brothers were headed for New Zealand, and then over to North and South America.

The money raised from the trip will go to the McMillan Cancer Support which co-ordinates fundraising, helps patients to have contact with nurses and therapists and also supplies volunteers to help with everyday tasks.

Money will also go to the St Richard's Hospice, which provides free palliative care for those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Topics:  bike ride, cancer, charity, tannum sands




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