UNE to send Tour de Cure off with a bang

Published 04 May 2010

sprocketsDay four of the Tour de Cure charity pushbike ride will quite literally get off with a bang at the University of New England next Tuesday, when hundreds of townspeople and college students attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people bursting balloons simultaneously.

The event is one of many to be broadcast live from SportUNE between 6am and 8.30am on Tuesday, May 11, as part of Channel 7’s Sunrise program. Mark Baretta from Sunrise will be reporting live throughout the morning, and a BBQ breakfast will be available for sale with all proceeds donated to the 2010 Tour de Cure.

The Tour de Cure is an annual non-profit event that in 2010 sees a group of everyday people cycle more than 1,400 km from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast to help find a cure for cancer.

The event has been operating since 2007 and has raised more than $2 Million for Australian cancer charities, including Camp Quality, the Cancer Council, the Leukaemia Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Cure Cancer Australia, Cure for Life Foundation and Cure the Future Cell and Gene Trust.

Sport UNE CEO David Schmude said he was contacted by the organisers of the Tour de Cure when they were looking for a suitable stop-off for day four of their epic 10-day journey.

“They knew about the great facilities we have here and obviously thought it would be a good place to get town and gown together to support this event,” Mr Schmude said.

“We got in touch with the colleges, and all of them quickly came on board, especially when the concept of breaking a world record was floated.”

Mr Schmude is hoping to have more than 500 students involved in the world record attempt, and said he hoped to see many people from the local community as well. The attempt will be officiated by multiple world record holder, Anthony “The Arrow Catcher” Kelly.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved with a very good course, support a community event, and maybe get the chance to meet with ‘Baretts’ himself,” Mr Schmude said.

“We strongly encourage the whole community to come down to Sport UNE from 6 AM on Tuesday and help us send off the Tour de Cure with a bang.”