Earlier this month, local Boothby resident Adam Beaumont set off from the Brighton Bombers Football club on Shaz's Ride to Cure. Sixteen-year-old Adam lost his mum, Sharon, to pancreatic cancer in December last year after a 20-month battle. She was only 51. To honour her memory and to raise money for research into this devastating disease, Adam decided to create Shaz's Ride to Cure bike ride from the Brighton Bombers to the MCC via the Great Ocean Road. Joined by friends Adam Brown and Matt Greer, and with the support of his dad, Wayne, Adam completed the eight-day journey on Saturday 13 October.
Averaging over 100 kilometres per day, they navigated some stormy conditions to make it to Melbourne. Adam's ride raised a massive $31,395 for the Pancare Foundation, well and truly exceeding his $20,000 target. This is a fantastic effort and I congratulate Adam on his commitment to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer and on this wonderful tribute to his mum.
I would also like to recognise all of the local businesses, community groups and supporters who donated to Shaz's Ride to Cure, including: the Pancare Foundation; my state colleague Corey Wingard MP, whose Winter Warmers event supported Adam's cause; the Brighton Bombers footy club; and Better Brick Paving & Landscaping in Seaford. Adam, you and your beautiful mum, Sharon, your dad, Wayne, and your mates Adam and Matt are an inspiration to us all.