Grafton Bridge bandits raise $10,000 for children's cancer

10 November 2017

A charity fundraising ride by workers on the $240 million, Liberals and Nationals Government-funded new Grafton Bridge has won the enthusiastic praise of Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

Ripped pants, flat tyres, lost chains and plover attacks are some of the highlights of this year’s Great Cycle Challenge, but for the new Grafton bridge project team, nothing beats the satisfaction of raising more than $10,000 to fight kid’s cancer.

“The team rode more than 6,700 kilometres during the month of October and raised $10,100 for the good cause,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Most Australians have or will be touched by cancer at some stage in their lives, which is why nearly 40 staff members decided to get involved in the challenge.

“A month in the life of participants looked like this - pour concrete for the additional crossing of the Clarence River, drive some bridge piles, ride and raise money.

“The project team were among more than 31,000 riders from all six states and two territories to take part in this year’s challenge and the team raised the seventh most amount of money.”

Mr Gulaptis said despite the time taken by the ‘Bridge Bandits’ to pedal for a good cause, work on the $240 million NSW Government funded new Grafton bridge is on track.

Nationally, $8,969,212 was raised in this year’s challenge with money raised to go to the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

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