Scott Eldridge. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

Fundraising can be hard work and so is cycling from Sydney to Geelong.

Cyclist Scott Eldridge will be taking part in his first Tour De Cure in May, helping find a cure for cancer.

Mr Eldridge is hoping to raise more than $12,000 and ride with 154 other fundraising cyclists on the nine-day event, covering 1287 kilometres between Sydney and Geelong in aid of cancer research, support and prevention.

“On tour, we visit regional communities and donate to worthwhile local cancer projects because we’ve all seen first-hand how much harder it is to access care and support away from major towns or cities,” Mr Elderidge said.

Since 2007, the Tour de Cure has raised $40 million and funded more than 322 pioneering cancer projects and achieved 24 significant cancer breakthroughs.

“Cancer takes a terrible emotional, physical and financial toll on those it affects,“ he said.

“Nobody should have to face cancer alone.”

Mr Eldridge said the sudden death of a close friend due to an aggressive cancer and having his grandparents and numerous other relatives affected by the insidious disease was the catalyst for seeking donations and planning to spend more than a week cycling for this most worthwhile cause.

With time running out for the 2019 tour and close to $6000 already raised, every dollar counts towards finding a cure and preventing cancer.

“If everyone that you know, who is or have gone through cancer past or present, donates $5 you would be surprised how much we could raise together,” he said.

To donate visit www.tourdecure.com.au and search for Eldridge or email at scotteldridge83@gmail.com

Nick Atyeo