Brothers in arms – Pastor Arthur Tzanakis and George Tzanakis
by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Participants in the Ride for Recovery who cycled into Millicent today, have personal reasons for taking part in the 7 day – 1000k ride; they know someone affected by blood cancer or work with patients or have lost someone dear to them to this illness. They all have a passion to help. One rider, George Tzanakis, has also seen friends affected by cancer. Today he had another reason to look forward to arriving in Millicent. His brother Pastor Arthur Tzanakis moved to Millicent last year in answer to the call to Pastor the Millicent Baptist Church; George knew his brother would be waiting to greet him on his arrival in Millicent.
Pastor Tzanakis, said brother George is 53 years old, has always participated in marathons and events of that nature; heard about Ride for Recovery and immediately wanted to be a part of it. He has friends and family who have been affected by cancer and wanted to help.
“He’s a Christian man his brother said, and it’s just something he wanted to do. They rode to Kingston, stayed the night there, then on to Beachport for lunch today and then to Millicent. They will travel on to Mt Gambier and then to Melbourne.”
“Today I witnessed such generosity from the local people, it was tremendous. I don’t know how much they have raised but the locals were very generous,” he said.
The week long challenge is a joint venture between Leukemia Foundation of Australia and the Myeloma Foundation od Australia to raise awarenenss of blood cancers in Australia and raise funds fro blood cancer patient’s services.
The group comprises of carers and family members who are riding in honour of lost loved ones. Fitness enthusiasts who want to challenge themselves and push outside of their comfort zones. Haematologist’s wanting to give back to the patients they have worked with over the years. A group of colleagues from Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of people living with blood cancer.
Ride for Recovery:
The ride left Adelaide on Monday, 21 April 2014 taking in some beautiful scenic towns and areas of South Australia including Hahndorf, and the McLaren Vale, before taking on the challenge day of “Bike vs. Boat”, cycling on down to the Great Ocean Road stopping at some of Australian’s much loved landmarks and will arrive in Melbourne on Sunday 27 April 2014.
The Leukemia Foundation:
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. They receive no government funding and rely on community support to fund its Vision to Cure and Mission to Care.
The Myeloma Foundation:
The Myeloma Foundation was founded in 1998 by a small number of driven people, each profoundly affected by myeloma. Its mission is to facilitate myeloma research in Australia, to support and inform those living with the disease and educate those involved in its care and treatment.
To support this cause please visit https://rideforrecovery2014.everydayhero.com/au/donate-to-ride-for-recovery and follow the journey at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ride-for-Recovery/468867636505130.
Photography by 5THE FM/wattlerangenow photographer Graeme Mellor