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Riding for his dad

By Olivia Duffey

Deni’s Oliver McNulty will cycle 200km on October 23 in honour of his father, who lost his battle with cancer in July.

Mr McNulty’s father, also named Oliver McNulty, was diagnosed with prostate cancer about a year ago which eventually spread into his lungs ‘‘and basically everywhere’’.

Mr McNulty hopes to raise $1000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, which is one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres.

‘‘Peter Mac is pretty close to my heart,’’ Mr McNulty said.

‘‘When my father passed away in July and I wasn’t able to get home (to Ireland) for his funeral due to Coronavirus restrictions.

‘‘I was lucky that I was able to get home earlier in the year to help nurse him for a few weeks.

‘‘The week my father passed away I got a reminder that this opportunity was coming up to raise funds, and I thought it was something I could do.’’

While Mr McNulty has one week to cycle 200km, he has decided to do the entire distance on October 23, which would have been his father’s 82nd birthday.

‘‘Historically, the cycle participants met in Melbourne and Sydney and the fundraiser was done over a weekend, but because of Coronavirus restrictions we can’t do that,’’ he said.

‘‘They have changed the format and set a timetable where you can do a 200km ride or 60km walk over a week from October 15 to October 24.

‘‘However, I will be doing the full 200km on October 23 because that is my dad’s birthday.’’

Mr McNulty has been involved in fundraising for the Peter Mac Foundation for about five years.

‘‘Everybody has people in their lives who have been impacted by cancer,’’ he said.

‘‘Some of my friends and colleagues have been treated for cancer over the years and if not for Peter Mac, they wouldn’t still be with us, so it is a very important organisation.

‘‘I would encourage anybody to donate, which you can do on the website or make a cash donation, and any donation above $2 is tax deductible.

‘‘Peter Mac is one of the top cancer researchers in the world and they are doing great work, which is why it is so important to support them.’’

To donate, visit https://my.unitetofightcancer.org.au/ollie-mcnulty.