In 2017 the Foundation launched a major fundraising drive for a second cardiac catheter laboratory at Cairns Hospital. With the help of hundreds of Cardiac Challenge riders, supporters, volunteers and donors - we got there! We raised $1.4 million to help keep heart patients home in FNQ! Construction of this life saving equipment is due to start shortly.
Overseas and interstate participants, as well, appreciate the opportunity to experience the dramatically varying terrain of Far North Queensland in a very "up close and personal" way: from the leafy, sun-dappled Kuranda Range road, winding upwards through lush rainforest to the Atherton Tablelands, across rolling golden savannah lands and on to the shores of the sparkling Coral Sea at Cooktown.
The man who came up with the idea for the Cardiac Challenge, 64-year-old Cairns bus driver, Peter McNally, was born with congenital heart problems and still requires ongoing cardiac care. A cycling enthusiast, Peter persuaded the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation that a fundraising bike ride would be a great way to raise money to improve cardiac care services in the Far North, as well as encourage more people to get into cycling.