Bennett Powell and Melinda Cockshutt ready for Tour de Cure experience

Helping hand: Terry Loth, Vince O'Brien, Brian Atherton, Harry Wells, John Elford and John Sullivan help out Bennett Powell, Melinda and James Cockshutt with their fundraising. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Helping hand: Terry Loth, Vince O'Brien, Brian Atherton, Harry Wells, John Elford and John Sullivan help out Bennett Powell, Melinda and James Cockshutt with their fundraising. Photo: Ivan Sajko

MANY hands make light work – or so the saying goes.

Bennett Powell and Melinda Cockshutt can vouch for that after the Hastings community again turned out in force to help raise funds for the dynamic duo.

They will leave Port Macquarie on Anzac Day as they aim to ride 1100 kilometres in nine days all for cancer research from April 27.

The training has been intense, but will be worth it when they cycle between Mackay, Cape Tribulation and Cairns.

“The main goal for me was that we’d both be fit enough to enjoy the whole experience,” Cockshutt said.

“I didn’t want us to be absolutely knackered every day where we’d be in bed early because we’d be exhausted.”

Cockshutt and Powell have completed almost 4000 kilometres in a training program that started back in November.

“We’ve done about 3800 kilometres,” Cockshutt said.

Before the duo left, they had to raise $25,000 before the ride.

With the help of everyone, they sailed past that mark with a further $1100 contributed at Saturday’s fundraiser at Lake Cathie.

In total they have raised $30,000 for the cause with the weekend event organised by Powell’s former Special Olympics coach Rod Nugent.

“The help from the local community has been incredible; to raise that much money blows my mind,” Cockshutt said.

“I was a bit concerned we wouldn’t be able to raise enough money, but we’ve done it easily.

“I haven’t been stressed at all, and I know we’ll be right.”

It is a ride that is close to Cockshutt’s heart after daughter Alani was diagnosed with leukaemia 10 years ago.

“That one second where you’re told your daughter has cancer really does change everything,” Cockshutt said.

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