By John Kenny
Yesterday's Trust Ride for Life corporate lunch raised over $40,000 for Sydney's Prince of Wales Oncology department and was attended by Commonwealth champion Ben Kersten and Olympic gold medallist Steve Wooldridge. The Ride for Life program starts at 7.50am on Saturday.
Kersten made his first public appearance following surgery when he launched the event in front of 160 guests. He spent a week in St Vincent's Hospital after he had scar tissue removed and bulging disc shaved in his back two weeks ago.
Hundreds of NSW's most promising cyclists will contest events including the Open Sydney championship and the State junior championship. There is a separate race for masters and women. Also on the program is a 30 kilometre corporate race, a family fun ride and a novice five-kilometre schools championship.
The Trust Ride for life raises funds for cancer research and rehabilitation and Professor Firedlander, head of POW Oncology said that he is delighted with the response to date and the more than $130,000 raised.
More information can be found at www.rideforlife.org.au