Finley ladies ride for kids cancer awareness

By Daniel Hughes

Five Finley women have teamed up to help raise money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute this October.

Calling themselves the ‘Fincity Bandits’, members are Elyse Price, Sandra Gray, Sharon Pyle, Jess Pyle and Julie Thomson.

They have set a general goal to ride 300km as part of the Great Cycle Challenge, along with 55,000 other riders across Australia.

However, each member of the team is eager to reach their own personal goals. Julie and Sandra are hoping to ride 300kms each, while Sharon Pyle and Elyse Price are aiming for 500kms and finally Jess, who’s aiming to reach 200kms.

Owning a bike is not a prerequisite for this challenge with both Elyse and Jess aiming to complete their goals by borrowing bikes.

Since starting the challenge, CMRI has raised more than $16 million and ridden more than 13,000kms in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

After seeing the Great Cycle Challenge on Facebook four years ago, Sandra and Julie both decided to join the cause and since, have raised more than $3500 each and have ridden over 1000kms.

‘‘This is my fourth year riding for GCC, it’s a great cause and I’m still really enjoying it,’’ Sandra Gray said.

With less then a month to go before the challenge begins, the team is already almost halfway to its goal having raised just over $580.

According to CMRI, cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. More than 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, three children die every week.

‘‘I encourage all who love to cycle or want to contribute to the cause to sign up on the GCC website and join our team,’’ Sandra said.

To support the cause and help the Fincity Bandits, donate at