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Olivia is up for the challenge

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October 03, 2017

Olivia Stone is aiming to ride 600km in the month of October to raise money to fight kids cancers. Photo by Luke Hemer.

OLIVIA Stone has 29 days to ride 565km.

To reach her 600km target for the month of October she will have to ride just under 20km a day.

Which is a fair feat for anyone, but for a 12-year-old girl it almost seems like an unreachable target.

But Lockington’s Olivia knows she can do it and she is riding to fight kids’ cancer.

She is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge where people of all ages across the country set themselves a goal and challenge themselves to pedal throughout October.

‘‘She did it last year and reached her goal of 500km so she thought she would increase the distance this time around,’’ her mother Michelle said.

‘‘I am just so proud of her for stepping up and doing it.

‘‘Last year between her brother and herself they raised more than $1,000.

‘‘This year her goal is $600 so just $1 a kilometre.

‘‘She is a go-getter and although she doesn’t ride a lot during the rest of the year she rides all through October.

‘‘She loves helping out people and it is such a great cause.’’

Olivia will be putting signs up around Lockington and hopes the community will get behind her.

‘‘All donations would be greatly appreciated,’’ Michelle said.

‘‘And if you see her riding around feel free to give her some encouragement.’’

The Great Cycle Challenge started in 2013, and after just four years, the event has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in Australia.

In those four years 31,359 riders from all states and territories have ridden a total of 7,571,481km and together raised $8,969,212.

This money goes towards research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

Olivia has raised $320 and she is only on day three of the challenge.

If you can help Olivia head to greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/OliviaStone1

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