Bronte Harrop, a 16-year-old year 10 student at Catholic College Bendigo, will ride a human powered vehicle around a velodrome for 12 hours this Saturday. Why? She has been inspired by her aunt Sue to raise money for ovarian cancer.
Over the past few years, Bronte’s aunt Sue has been battling late stage ovarian cancer, which is the currently the 9th most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women.
This Saturday, May 5th, the fight will kick off at the Tom Flood Sports Centre velodrome in Bendigo at 6AM in her ultimate 12 hour fight-back for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Generously provided by her school, the trike that Bronte will be accomplishing her challenge in is respectively named after her aunty, ‘Susie Q’.
“I chose the trike because of how much I love Energy Breakthrough and riding trikes!” Bronte Harrop told us in the lead-up to her challenge. And she’ll be looking the part too, with some custom cycling kit made up especially for her by the team at Seight Custom Cycling Wear.
Last month, she told the Bendigo Advertiser that she’d “decided last year that I wanted to do something. I read about one of my friends who did a ride from Bendigo to Calder Park and I wanted to do something, but I can’t really do hills that big. So I thought I’d do Tom Flood instead.” That friend, Russ Nankervis, shared his story on this website after that big ride.
Bronte initially aimed to raise $1000 through her Everyday Hero website, but has already raised in excess of $3000. This will continue to increase over the next few days with a sausage sizzle and raffle held throughout the duration of her ride. You can donate to her online or by heading down to the Tom Flood Sports Centre throughout Saturday.
The team at the RACV Energy Breakthrough wish Bronte and her team all the best for the event, and are looking forward to a post event report!