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Cyclists hit Buderim’s streets in force, all for a good cause this Christmas

Mon Dec 04, 2017

Now for the sixth consecutive year, cyclists from across the country, overseas and our local cycling clubs will converge on the streets of Buderim this month and gear themselves up to ‘Get Over It’ for a unique challenge!

At 5am on Sunday, 17 December, 250 avid cyclists will face the challenge of cycling up (and down) nine of Buderim’s toughest hills to raise awareness and funds for Sunshine Coast disability service, the Cerebral Palsy League (CPL).

Buderim 9 Ambassador and Sunshine Coast champion cyclist, Henk Vogels is once again challenging cyclists out there to tackle 76 kilometres and as many of Buderim’s nine hills as they can in three hours!

“Being a local, I have watched this unique event grow.  For me, I’m just really happy to be part of it, it’s a great cause and there’s nothing better than having a group of people doing this crazy bike ride for a great cause,” Henk Vogels said. 

“All ages groups and abilities participate – men, women, young people.  This year, I know of a 75-year old cycling champion tackling the hills.  The whole community also get involved and gets behind it.

 “And we’d love to see locals get behind the event and encourage the field by lining the streets of Buderim from 5.00am to cheer them on!”

Joining Henk this year for the first time is Sunshine Coast local and international cyclist, Shara Gillow, who is tackling the Buderim 9 as part of her preparations for National Championships early next year.

“The Buderim 9 ride will be a brilliant challenge leading up to the Nationals in January where I hope to qualify for the Australian Team competing in the Commonwealth Games,” Shara said.

Not a fan of Lycra but feel the urge to help support someone this Christmas? That’s not a problem according to Josh Paix, who lives with cerebral palsy and is long-time event Ambassador.

“If you’re not up to tackling the nine hills on two wheels, you can still be involved by making a donation on or before 17 December directly to the Buderim 9 website to raise vital funds for local people living with cerebral palsy,” said Josh.

“Last year, I personally raised more than $1300 in donations and took out the title of Highest Fund Raiser.”

John Gallagher, Director of Principal Sponsor, Argon Law, is encouraging riders to raise as much pre-event donations as possible all for a great cause.

“Set yourself the target for your name to appear on the prestigious Argon Law perpetual trophy – as the Highest Fund Raiser of the 2017 Buderim 9 Challenge,” John said.

“Buderim 9 proceeds support those living with cerebral palsy and related physical disabilities and your donations change the lives in a small but meaningful way of many families on the Sunshine Coast.

“Argon Law has been an avid supporter of the Buderim 9 for the past six years and we are excited to share that we’ve just signed up for another five!

“The Buderim 9 Challenge is a fabulous example of individuals within our community and local businesses coming together for a common cause and a bit of fun and personal challenge.”

Manager of CPL’s Sunshine Coast service, Carmel Smith, said last year’s event saw almost 250 riders, nine hill sponsors and many amazing donations of goods, time, sweat and money!

“Last year raised more than $24,000 to support children and families on the Sunshine Coast with cerebral palsy,” Ms Smith said.

“We are so grateful for the efforts and generosity of all those who continue to help make this event such an extraordinary success.”

Greg Paix is the driving force behind the event with a vested interest in both CPL and cycling on the Coast.  In his spare time, Greg is involved in the planning of Buderim 9 Challenge, is a member of the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club and most passionately is the biggest fan of his young-adult son, Josh.

Greg said every year the unique event is growing in popularity and awareness.

“This year we have cyclists coming from Singapore, New Zealand, most states of Australia and all across Queensland and we are looking at a field of more than 250 riders – our largest yet,” Greg said.

“So come on, join us on 17 December and let’s ‘GET OVER IT!’ together!”

The Buderim 9 Challenge is proudly presented by the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club, CPL and Argon Law.

Buderim 9 Challenge greatly appreciates its valued sponsors Argon Law, Harlequin Blinds and Security, Hall Contracting, Ray White Buderim, MacKellar Mining, Local Search Sunshine Coast, Kunara Organic Marketplace, Alpha Sport, Visione Cycles, Metsure Insurance Brokers, Wayward Slate, Mick's Meat Barn, Buderim Lions Club, NP Noltis Prime, Berni and Pete Burnett, Becker Helicopters, Max Haulage, Fenwicks Fruit Emporium, Infinit Nutrition Australia, The Various Artists and media partner, My Weekly Preview.

To donate or support a Buderim 9 rider visit www.buderim9.com.au. Entries close Tuesday 12 December 2017.

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