Husband and wife, Mick and Kerrie Cooper will be riding alongside 23 other ridersfrom Dubbo to Bourke as they kick off the Inaugural Back O’ Bourke Ride for Cancer race.

The aim of this ride is to raise the sum of $25,000 in order to fund a room at the new Macquarie Home Stay.

The ride has been slated to run for a period of three days, going all the way through 375 kilometres and three rivers. It is expected to take place between March 23 and 25 and will be the biggest challenge ever undertaken by Kerrie on a bike.

Kerrie who spoke about the upcoming event stated that the reason for this was to raise awareness and money so as to provide an affordable accommodation for patients in need of treatment in Dubbo.

“We will be raising awareness and monies to fund a room at Macquarie Home Stay, which will provide affordable accommodation for both patients and families requiring treatment in Dubbo,” she said.

Kerrie also made it known that she had lost her father, Pat Welsh in 2009 after he failed in a battle with pancreatic cancer. She recalled that he had lost the fight because the cancer already had him before they knew it and that is why she holds this cause so close to her heart.

The couple had also previously participated in the last edition of the Cadel Evans Ride.

Kerrie went on, noting that there were several others in the region battling with different types and stages of cancer, and it was really pertinent that they have a home away from home where family and friends can visit, stay with them and encourage them as they push on in their fight against the deadly disease.