Cyclist's fundraising mission gets personal
When keen cyclist David Bannerman set out on a gruelling 550-kilometre bike ride through France for cancer, he had no idea three family members would be diagnosed with the illness just months later.
A year on and the British expatriate is keener than ever to get back in the saddle and will this Wednesday begin a 470-kilometre bike ride from Nice to Carcassone.
“I shall be completing this year both to raise some more money to assist those hardworking professionals who do so much to support all our relatives and friends,” David told wort.lu/en, adding : “But, more importantly to show solidarity with all those people I know who are currently fighting their own illnesses, or supporting their loved ones in their struggle.”
Last October David and Stephen Lawrence raised 2,100 euros for cancer fundraising charity the Pink Ladies when they pedalled from Geneva to Nice.
The proceeds helped to fund a seminar on the psychological effects of cancer, benefiting medical professionals and students from across the Greater Region.
David said that months after handing over the cheque, three family members were diagnosed with cancer.
“Since my own family have been diagnosed with these illnesses I have learned how many friends and family are either suffering from cancer or have a close family member who are currently undergoing treatment,” he said.
The proceeds from this year's bike ride will go to the Pink Ladies and will support people working in the medical profession, supporting people diagnosed with cancer.
Readers can sponsor David's bike ride by transferring funds to the Pink Ladies asbl:
IBAN: LU92 0030 4903 1009 0000
Alternatively, visit the pinkladieslux.org and make a donation via PayPal.