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Firefighters join Canadian cancer-survivor on "epic journey"

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04 Nov 2015
MFB firefighters have joined Canadian firey for the last leg of his 4,000km bicycle journey to raise money for cancer research.

Canadian firefighter and cancer survivor Rudy Pospisil finished his cycle this afternoon at St Kilda Pier. His goal was to raise $25,000 for Cancer Council Victoria.   

About 20 MFB firefighter cyclists joined Rudy on the last leg of his journey, with uniformed firefighters forming a guard of honour for his arrival.

The 55-year-old began the journey in 2009 as a way to give back to the community after being diagnosed with cancer in 2000. To date, Rudy has crossed 14 countries including Canada, the United States, Spain, Iran, Thailand and northern India. 

“The idea to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle was born when I was diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago. I survived and thought that since cancer is a global disease, cycling around the world would be a way of reaching everyone with my message," he said.

“It comes down to doing something you so strongly believe in and so you surprise yourself with a strength and determination you thought you never had.

“In each country I ride through I try to raise money for local charities and hopefully arrange ongoing fundraising events. Ultimately, my aim is to cycle around the world to share my story, inspire the many, and raise money for cancer research.” 

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said funds raised in Victoria will go towards Cancer Council’s cancer research, prevention and support services for people affected by cancer.  

“We work to reduce the impact of all cancers for all Victorians, but it simply isn’t possible without the hard work of people like Rudy. Cancer Council Victoria relies on generous donations and passionate fundraisers for more than half of our funding,” he said.

“Cancer affects everyone in some way, with 84 Victorians diagnosed with cancer every day. However, thanks to funds raised for research by supporters we have seen real strides in cancer survival rates – with five-year survivorship up from 48% in 1988 to 67% in 2013. These kinds of gains are not possible without incredible feats and a lot of hard work from our fundraisers.”

MFB’s Chief Officer Peter Rau said that MFB was proud to join Rudy for the last stage of his ride to show support.

“MFB firefighters accompanied Rudy for his final ride into Melbourne, meeting him at the finish line, to show support for a fellow firefighter completing an epic journey on his bike, and against cancer.

“This is truly a remarkable achievement and Rudy has done a fantastic job of raising funds and awareness of this disease.”

To follow Rudy’s journey and donate to beat cancer, visit: www.firefightercycle.com

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