In a stunning chain of favourable events, the QSuper Cardiac Challenge has been confirmed for a September start.
With the announcement that Cape York will be opened to visitors from July 10 and following compliance with government regulations, the green light has been given to one of the premiere fundraising events for Far North Queensland.
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation CEO Tony Williamson said he was excited to announce the event would take place.
“With so many cancellations this year due to COVID-19, it will be great that the QSuper Cardiac Challenge will be able to re-engage with the Far North community, especially Cooktown,” Mr Williamson said.
“This event is our Number 1 charity event on the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation calendar and all proceeds are reinvested into cardiac care services in this area.”
Foundation Fundraising and Marketing Manager Glenys Duncombe said many hours of hard work had gone into making sure the ride could happen with all approvals in place.
“We do have an approved COVID-19 safe plan in place and everyone will need to comply with that, to ensure the safety of all participants and the communities we visit,” Ms Duncombe said.
“Ultimately this is great news for cycling in Queensland but predominantly Far North Queensland – a lot of events have had to be cancelled or postponed and we know people have been watching to see what we were doing,” she said.
“I guess we’ve been lucky that our event is towards the latter part of the year so we’ve been able to delay making this decision until now.”
Rider numbers will be limited to 150 to help keep participants COVID-19 safe and the numbers of supporters and volunteers also will be capped.
2020 will be the 14th time the event has been held with more than $4 million raised for cardiac services by the Foundation, in that time.
Funds raised this year will go towards a cardiac ultrasound device and a specialised anaesthetic device for the new cardiac electrophysiology service.
To register or donate visit www.cardiacchallenge.com.au