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Cyclist gives cancer fight a hand

MONEY SPINNER: At 74 years of age, Mal Hand mows lawns to raise funds for the Ride to Conquer Cancer in August.
MONEY SPINNER: At 74 years of age, Mal Hand mows lawns to raise funds for the Ride to Conquer Cancer in August. Sarah Harvey

CYCLING and mowing go hand-in-hand for a 74-year-old Springfield Lakes retiree who's keen to help with cancer research.

Mal Hand will be 75 when he takes part in the 200km Ride to Conquer Cancer in August.

To be eligible for the ride, Mr Hand is collecting money by mowing lawns.

"To gain entry into this ride, I need to raise $2500 by the first week of August," he said.

"I need to get 70 mowing jobs to complete my task.

"It's a good cause. I just want to help cancer sufferers.

"My dad died of throat cancer years ago."

Mr Hand regularly cycles around his home suburb to keep fit.

His donations and others raised from the two-day ride will go directly to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

The ride's PR manager Brian Lowe said groundbreaking research investigating the causes of more than 13 cancers including skin, brain, colorectal and breast cancer would benefit from money raised.

"It's not a race for professional cyclists," he said. "Riders include cancer survivors, people being treated for cancer and others who want to help raise money for cancer research.

"The ride is a complete journey from start to finish and the results stretch far beyond the event itself and the funds raised."

In Brisbane, the ride takes place on August 18 and 19.

To register, donate or find out more, visit conquercancer.

org.au or call 1300 117 433.


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