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Father-son team raises funds for kids with cancer

The 2014 KTM Ride4Kids dirt bike charity event will take place at the Dandenong MC on Sunday, October 19.
A VICTORIAN whose brother died of cancer has raised $50,000 for Challenge, the charity that supported him and his family.

Bryce Gathercole, 15, loves motorcycle sport and has been a prolific fundraiser for the annual dirt bike charity event – the 2014 KTM Ride4Kids – which will take place at the Dandenong Motorcycle Club at Wonthaggi on Sunday, October 19.

Since 2006, Bryce has been raising money for the charity which supported him and his family. “Ever since I lost my brother from cancer, I have been raising money for Challenge,” Bryce said.

Bryce’s brother, Thomas Gathercole, was just 10-years-old when he passed away after a four year battle with prostate cancer.

Two years ago, after winning a top-of-the-range KTM dirt bike, Bryce decided to donate the prize back to the charity.

“It’s an awesome event for everyone to be a part of,” Bryce added. “It’s a great day to not only have a ride but to raise awareness for kids living with cancer,” he continued.

“It keeps them happy,” Bryce said.

Bryce’s Dad, Craig Gathercole, also a keen motorcyclist, has helped organise the event with Matt Manning for over 10 years.

This year, the highest fundraiser will win a 2015 KTM 85 SX valued at $7495 and everyone who raises over $300 will go into the draw to also win a 2015 KTM 85 SX.

“We have raised $50,000 at last year’s event and well-over $600,000 since the first Ride4Kids,” Craig said.

The event, supported by Motorcycling Victoria, will run as a Come and Try Day, and will allow riders to experience a track which has hosted rounds of Australia’s biggest motocross competition, the MX Nationals.

“It’s a fantastic event to support, and it’s also right next door to the MotoGP at Phillip Island on the same weekend and we will have a big screen showing all the action from the MotoGP. It’s great for the kids and it’s also a lot of fun for the adults,” Craig added.

Anyone who registers for the event prior to October 19 will receive a free KTM Ride4Kids Challenge T-shirt. To register please head to www.challenge.org.au.

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