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Heath’s new ‘why’

By Heath Schreiweis I am no cyclist, or even an athlete. Lately, life is pretty much a desk job with a few hours of gym each week. So when I decided to sign up for the QSuper Cardiac Challenge, I knew this would undoubtedly be one of the most physically demanding...

Inspired teenager

INSPIRED by her grandfather two years ago, 13-year-old Willow Footer is riding from Cairns to her hometown Cooktown in this weekend’s QSuper Cardiac Challenge. “I am doing the QSuper Cardiac Challenge because in 2019 I watched my grandad Kevin Tomlinson and the many...

Grateful to donor

The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation’s single biggest donor is grateful for the ability to make a difference to health outcomes. Through her latest donation of $50,000 to the QSuper Cardiac Challenge, Joyce Swinton has now contributed $900,000 to the...

TEAM Blair Hair in the QSuper Cardiac Challenge this weekend was meant to be a trio, but instead mother-and-son duo Jacki and Blake Goodwin are taking it on in her brother’s honour.  Tragedy struck early in 2020 when Jacki’s younger brother Blair Kissel aged 40 died...

Where’s the finish?

ONE single team in the QSuper Cardiac Challenge 2021 has raised more than a sixth of the overall total. Team WTF (which stands for Where’s the Finish) has raised more than $64,000 and are well on their way to their $70,000 goal. Team captain Rhonda Coghlan instigated...

Family with heart

Shane and Kai Pue have more in common than most. They work together, they’re father and son. They also have cardiac conditions. They also are each other’s inspiration and are riding in the cardiac fundraising, the QSuper Cardiac Challenge this September. Shane had...

Going the distance

PATIENTS and healthcare professionals are painfully aware of how far you may have to travel for access to treatment when you’re living in Far North Queensland. The NQRTH Doxycyclists, a group of James Cook University medical students and junior doctors, are preparing...

Rubber hits road for cardiology

QSuper is bolstering cardiac care in Far North Queensland by enabling 100 percent of funds raised through the annual QSuper Cardiac Challenge to support the purchase of new equipment for cardiac and respiratory services in FNQ. This is an important partnership...

Pete’s bicycle feat

Clocking up 100,000km on your bicycle is an almost unheard-of feat. Not so for QSuper Cardiac Challenge instigator Pete McNally who has just achieved that feat in just over six years on his Specialised S Works MTB. “People say to me that I must be due a new bike, but...

Collegial competition begins

Hearts and lungs will be pumping hard together in the lead-up to this year’s QSuper Cardiac Challenge in September. After four years riding with the Cardiac Maniacs, Cairns Hospital Director of Respiratory Dr Stephen Vincent has formed his own team “Lungs of Steel”...

Teens see fruits of labour

A GROUP of teenagers who took on and won the challenge of riding from Cairns to Cooktown for cardiac services, will see those very services up close today. Five teenagers, part of team Wheelie Good in the QSuper Cardiac Challenge, won the highest fundraising team in...

WE SMASHED IT!

CYCLISTS in this year’s QSuper Cardiac Challenge smashed the ball out of the park, raising more than $292,000 for cardiac services in FNQ. Hosted by the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, the event was able to be pulled together despite restrictions due to...

New lease on life

Paul Durdin’s own near death experience has truly given him a new appreciation for life. The Cairns-based disability support worker became unwell with a mosquito-borne illness several years ago and underwent a battery of tests, at which time it was found the right...

Marsh grateful for service

When Chris Marsh looks back at April 4 this year, he can see he had all the warning signs of a heart attack. He was more puffed than usual after playing 18 holes of golf. But he attributed that to not playing for a while due to COVID. He was more worn out than usual...

Bunnings boosts cardiac

The Bunnings community sausage sizzle is BACK!!! – Great News Cairns The smell of cooking sausages and onions will once again be a hallmark of a Bunnings shopping session. The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation team is ecstatic the first Cairns fundraising...

It’s on!

IT’S ON! 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...

Riders buy diagnostic tools

PATIENTS with heart disease throughout the Far North will be monitored with the latest technology, thanks to hundreds of cyclists riding to Cooktown in 2019. A paediatric cardiac ultrasound worth $93,000 and cardiac monitors worth $150,000 have been purchased with...

QSuper signs up

CYCLISTS in this year’s Cardiac Challenge will be supported by Queensland’s largest super fund. The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation is announcing that the fundraising ride for 2020, has proudly partnered with QSuper. Foundation CEO Tony Williamson said, “It...

Cath lab opens!

People in Cairns now have even more cardiac care services after a new theatre was opened today thanks to investment from the Palaszczuk Government and the community. Health Minister Steven Miles, Member for Cairns Michael Healy, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt and...

Toddler in his heart

Little Sophie Gwynne was a completely normal little 18-month-old on July 23, 2006. The day before she had a cold. The next day she died of two heart conditions no one could have foreseen. In a few weeks’ time her dad Mark will ride 330km to Cooktown in Sophie’s...

Dan’s got heart

WHEN Dan Elsden went to Brisbane for a cardiac procedure 15 years ago, he bought his family’s Christmas presents early “just in case”. Then aged 32 and a father of two little girls, the unknown quantity about his relatively simple procedure and having to travel away...

Lyngcoln family saddle up

MOTIVATED by the loss of their mother, the Lyngcoln brothers are not afraid of hard work. In fact, the trio formed the Annie’s Army Cardiac Challenge team last year, six months after the loss of their mother Annie. Team spokesman Nick Lyngcoln said the team raised...

CHILDREN throughout Far North Queensland and beyond will benefit from the hard work of hundreds of cyclists. The annual Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge fundraising bike ride from Cairns to Cooktown, has this year identified a paediatric cardiac ultrasound as one of the...

Pedal power gets a boost

ONE of the region’s most established charity bike rides is going electric. The Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge has introduced a special pack just for e-bike riders this year, with a pair of accomplished riders being named pack leaders. The event, hosted by the Far North...

Patients seen quicker

HEART patients needing an echocardiogram in FNQ, will now be seen quicker, thanks to hundreds of cyclists. A new echocardiogram machine was bought from funds raised during the 2018 Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge. Cairns Hospital consultant cardiologist Dr Willis Lam...

Piccone signs up

IF John Piccone can step outside his comfort zone and ride a bike to Cooktown, anyone can. The well-known retailer will join his brother Peter who manages drink and snack stops along the way on the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge in September. The Piccone family also...

Work starts on cath lab

CONSTRUCTION of the second Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at Cairns Hospital has started. The $2.8M facility, jointly funded by the State Government and money raised by the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, will allow an extra 577 cardiac patients to be seen each...

Harry is a leader among men

HARRY Felstead might only be 15, but he is being described as a “leader among men” by going way out of his comfort zone and riding 330km to Cooktown. The St Andrews Catholic College student is inspired to ride in this year’s Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge by one of his...