Tour de Cure

Smithton Primary School raised close to $300 to donate to cycling charity Tour de Cure when the crew was in town late last month. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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Donation. It may not be a world renowned cycling event but Tour de Cure is making an impact of its own.

The cycling charity visited local schools late last month to educate students on the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and to raise funds for much needed services.

Arriving on the Spirit of Tasmania, the group cycled from Devonport to Boat Harbour before visiting Smithton, Stanley and Boat Harbour primary schools to advocate the message ‘Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy’.

Riding more than 400 kilometres throughout the three day tour, the group raised more than $450,000 towards cancer research, prevention and support.

Smithton Primary School contributed to this with close to $300 collected in a money line, silver coins which stretched the length of the school assembly hall, organised by the Student Council.

While in the state, Tour de Cure presented $10,000 to both the North West Regional Cancer Centre and Cancer Council Tasmania in Devonport.

Woolworths in Smithton supported these local school events with free fruit and water for students and cyclists.

More than 90 riders as well as support crew took part in the tour, the first to be held in the north west of the state.

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