Tour riders spread the word on health and happiness

Tour de Cure cyclists visited Mimosa Public School to share their healthy message with students. Jim Griffiths reports.

Cyclists on bikes with students and a teacher. Cyclists on bikes with students and a teacher.
Image: Tour de Cure cyclists Jamie Simon, Chelsea Zadravec, Andrew Sully and Zac Morris with Mimosa Public Year 5 students Ayden Impey and Lachie Andrews and principal Leesa Martin.

A school yard of pumped-up Mimosa Public School students greeted 71 visiting Tour de Cure cyclists on the final stages of their human-powered journey from Port Stephens to Sydney’s Barangaroo via the Hunter Valley and Central Coast last week. 

This was no pitstop, however, as the peloton shared its Be Fit - Be Healthy - Be Happy message with students.

Principal Leesa Martin said the visit and presentation fitted in well with the school’s strong focus on wellbeing.

“We take a holistic approach to education and inviting the Tour to Cure to come and visit us has helped us promote healthy initiatives with our students and also raise money to help find a cure for cancer,” she said.

The Tour de Cure schools’ program promotes physical activity and encourages an active lifestyle and healthy personal choices.

“It was a wonderful and exciting opportunity for the children to see a big event in action and be part of a bigger picture,” said Mrs Martin.

For Year 5 student Ayden Impey, son of Tour de France stage winner Daryl Impey, the visit not only coincided with his birthday, but left him with the important message that “being fit, being happy and being healthy is very important”.

“It was very cool to see all the cyclists come in. It was fun,” he said.

Tour de Cure has raised $118 million since its inception, as well as funded 979 cancer projects and educated more than 180,000 children on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

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