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From Mildura to Melbourne in five days by pedal power

Date: 17/12/2013

Ride For The Hills is a charity bike ride being ridden by seven teenage boys from Mildura to support Cabrini patient and Mildura local Kerrie Hill (46), a single mother of three who earlier this year was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The riders, which include Jacob Lonsdale (team leader) and Ms Hill’s youngest son Tim Hill (15), set off from Mildura Rowing Club on Monday 16 December at 7.15 am. They had a safe and swift start to the five-day ride and by early afternoon, they were ahead of schedule.

The group is riding 200 km per day to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer. The ride will conclude at Cabrini Malvern (Coonil Crescent, Malvern) on Friday 20 December at approximately 12 noon where the riders will be met by Ms Hill and her oncologist Associate Professor Ian Haines.

The riders are grateful for the support they have received, saying: “We would really like to thank the community for their outstanding support for Kerrie; we have been overwhelmed by the generosity the community has shown.”

Despite her fragile health, Ms Hill joined their group as Secretary and has followed the arrangements closely. She is proud of her sons, especially Tim’s recent efforts. “They have organised everything themselves: all the paperwork, their cycle jerseys, obtaining donations and auction items, as well as campaigning to businesses,” she said.

A Cabrini contingent (including Executive Director Medical Services Dr Simon Woods, ICU Director Dr John Reeves and Pharmacy Manager Amanda Footit) will meet the Ride For The Hills group at Airport Tourist Village in Attwood on the morning of Friday 20 December, in order to guide them safely to Cabrini Malvern.

About the Kerrie Hill Oncology Fund

The Cabrini Foundation has established the Kerrie Hill Oncology Fund to support Kerrie Hill through treatment for pancreatic cancer and assist her with the cost of treatment. Once Kerrie no longer needs the funds, any money remaining will be used to help other patients who need high cost oncology treatments that are not listed on the PBS and who cannot afford them. To make an online donation, visit the ‘donate now’ page on the Cabrini website or call the Cabrini Foundation on 03 9508 1382.

For media interviews or enquiries, contact Christine Elmer ph (03) 9508 1216 or 0459 811 693 or Jackie Meiers ph (03) 9508 1915 or 0419 009 146.