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Val’s Journey

Gateway Lifestyle Albury community resident Val Bartley has astonished everyone over the past few years with her fantastic fundraising efforts to raise much needed money for ‘Fight Kids Cancer’, by taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge throughout October.

This fundraising initiative started in 2013, and after just 4 years, the event has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in Australia. People of all ages and abilities from every state across the country set themselves a personal riding goal and challenge themselves to pedal to support research and better treatment options. The concept is simple, you set yourself a personal riding goal of kilometres to pedal in October and ride throughout the month to achieve your target, tracking your progress online through your personal profile page. Val became one of the inspiring riders taking part in this endeavour, proudly supported by her husband Mike who helped her and documented the incredible progress.­

Val explained how she takes a “virtual”  bike trip setting a goal/destination and keeping everyone updated with her kilometres covered. This year Val’s plan was 500kms which would take her “virtually” from Albury to Dubbo Zoo and her hope was to raise $1000. Along the way she shared some wonderful photos of her local bike rides, fellow residents eagerly watching the kilometres and funds stack up.

When reaching her goal on 22 October with 9 days to spare, she decided to increase her destination to 700kms and her dollars to hopefully $2000 – and surely this is what Val proceeded to do! On 31 October, the Residents of Albury Village gathered to applaud & welcome her as she rode through the banner. As expected, the Gateway Lifestyle Albury community is extremely proud of Val, who has been affectionately named “Val the Incredible”- congratulating her on achieving such a remarkable and inspiring accomplishment

In 4 years, a community of 31,359 riders from all 6 states and 2 territories have ridden a total of 7,571,481km, and together raised $8,969,212 in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.