From coast to capital

Smithton’s Jarrod Watling is organising one of his biggest challenges to date: cycling over 800 kilometres solo to raise funds for Cancer Council Tasmania. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Goal. Smithton’s Jarrod Watling is preparing himself for another unique fundraising challenge, cycling over 800 kilometres from Smithton to Hobart in support of cancer research.

The 28-year-old has created his own adaptation of the Cancer Council’s ‘K’s 4 Cancer’ concept, which will see him embark on an eight-day solo return trip with all donations raised going towards Cancer Council Tasmania.

Having already cycled 905km from Adelaide to Shepparton in October last year, and having walked 22 hours solo in the Relay For Life in March this year, Watling said the lure of another challenge was too strong to ignore.

“You do enjoy it,” he said of the feats. “You’ve got that challenge there, if that wasn’t there I don’t believe you’d do it.

“The response I got from [Relay] was really good – you know what you’re doing really means something to them.”

A breakfast will be held at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre on Friday October 17, before Watling begins his four-day journey across the state with his brother Jason supporting in a car behind.

After reaching Hobart, a sit-down dinner with entertainment has been organised including former AFL player/coach David Parkin as a guest speaker.

Finally, Watling will return home along the same path for a final four-day trek to the CHCRC, with presentations and live music signalling the end of his goal.

“In the time frame I’ve got, I’ll just be sleeping in swags!” Watling laughed.

“I’ll just be doing as many kms as I can until [I leave]. It’s only quite early stages, but the support I’ve received has been really good.”

The Smithton Saints Football Club Senior coach has set an ultimate fundraising goal of $10,000, saying he didn’t realise how much support the organisation provided until cancer struck his family.

For more information, call Jarrod on 0448 568 537, ‘Like’ the ‘K’s 4 Cancer’ Facebook page or visit cycle.gofundraise.com.au/page/WatlingJ to donate.

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