A dozen cyclists are gearing up to ride more than 2000km in 15 days on a tour of WA in memory of child cancer victim Elliot Parish.
The group leave Perth today on the Woolworths Ride for Elliot and will cycle through Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Southern Cross and Northam, raising money along the way for the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. They aim to be back in Perth by November 10 for Telethon weekend.
The trip has been organised through Telethon Adventurers, a group that declared war on childhood cancer after four-year-old Elliot died from a brain tumour last year.
Ride organiser Robert Kidman said the group would double the distance covered last year and hoped to raise more than $250,000.
He said riders, including football legends Barry Cable and Peter Wilson, would stop at Woolworths supermarkets in regional towns along the route to raise awareness.
Mr Kidman said he had been able to meet Elliot's parents Rick and Emily Parish and hear about their experience.
"What they've gone through is the same as what many other people around the country are going through now, so hopefully we can make a difference," he said.Donations can be made online at www.theadventurers.com.au or at any Woolworths store.