Cycling 1600kms from Townsville to Brisbane is all in the name of charity for Professor Scott Baum from Griffith University’s School of Environment and the Cities Research Institute as he gears up for the Smiling for Smiddy Challenge Ride.

Professor Baum will be joined by 50 other like-minded men and women on the route from Townsville to Brisbane, as he aims to raise his target goal of $5000 for the Mater Foundation.

Riders will travel through Queensland’s scenic countryside from August 26 to September 2, 2017, with the funds raised from this epic event contributing to support breakthrough cancer research at The Mater.

“With one in two Australians diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime I hope that my participation in the ride and more importantly the associated fundraising will give hope to current sufferers and to those who might be diagnosed in the future,” Professor Baum said.

Professor Baum said the event had personal significance for him.

“In 2009 my wife Briony was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent nearly two years of treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery,” he said.

“Her successful treatment was in large part due to the fantastic work that Queensland scientists are undertaking to beat this disease”.

“Committing to the ride and raising money is my way of giving something back.”

To help Professor Baum reach his fundraising goal, please visit this page.