THROUGH THE GENERATIONS: Grandmother Sue Johnson, mother Kate Bittler and daughter Aj Johnson at the Lions Fun Ride.
THROUGH THE GENERATIONS: Grandmother Sue Johnson, mother Kate Bittler and daughter Aj Johnson at the Lions Fun Ride. Matt Collins

LIONS FUN RIDE: Clocking kilometres for cancer cause

DON'T be alarmed if you see a swarm of yellow as you travel throughout the South Burnett.

Cyclists have travelled from all over the country to join their friends in Kingaroy to ride for a cause this week .

The annual Lions Fun Ride is in its 15th year of raising funds for the Children's Cancer Institute.

One of the hardworking volunteers and Kallangur Lions Club member for 44 years, Glen Drew, said the group had raised significant funds over the years.

"We have raised over $600,000 in the 15 years," Mr Drew said.

"We are just a small group raising funds for the Children's Cancer Institute."

 

FUN RIDE: Participants ride the rail trail in the 2019 Lions fun ride raising funds for the Children Cancer Institute.
FUN RIDE: Participants ride the South Burnett Rail Trail during the 2019 Lions Fun Ride. Clyde Howard

Mr Drew said the Lions Fun Ride started in North Queensland in the early 2000s because one of the members had a child with cancer.

"He wanted to do something to support the research and how it could be better managed," he said.

This year, 35 riders have travelled to Kingaroy for five days of cycling throughout the beautiful South Burnett region.

You can expect to see the large group dressed in their yellow vests, travelling between 85 and 110kms each day.

Their base is the Kingaroy Showgrounds Caravan Park, and Kingaroy Wooroolin and Nanango Lions clubs have been preparing meals for the group.

Local rider and Kingaroy State School deputy principal Jason Wyeth is enjoying his fifth ride with the group, his second in Kingaroy.

"The first time was epic because we went out to Proston and up Boat Mountain. It was a big ride," Mr Wyeth said.

"Some of these guys have ridden in every single ride for the 15 years.

"It's very humbling to be passed on a hill by a 78-year-old."

The event would not be possible without Lions members and the 20-plus volunteer support crew.