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Cross-country for NF

Saturday, 22nd July, 2017

Local NF Hero Lailah-Jade Lihou (4) with Greg Lawrence who will be riding to Silverton tomorrow to raise awareness about Neurofibromatosis. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Local NF Hero Lailah-Jade Lihou (4) with Greg Lawrence who will be riding to Silverton tomorrow to raise awareness about Neurofibromatosis. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

A local couple and their mates will be undertaking a gruelling 50 kilometre cross-country bike ride to raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis.

Mia Lawrence has been a long-time supporter and champion in the fight against Neurofibromatosis (NF).

Mia’s nephew has NF and over the years it has prompted her to work hard to raise awareness.

It’s a generic disorder that affects nerve tissue. A child with NF is born every three days in Australia.

Tomorrow, Mia and her husband Greg will be riding from their property to the Silverton Pub.

They have enlisted help from their friends and other riders are being encouraged to join.

“The ride is cross country approximately 50km from home, along the back tracks and paddocks,” Mia said. 

Mia said if people don’t want to ride, they can join for drinks and lunch at the Silverton Pub afterwards.

“You will need a mountain bike as the road is dirt and rough in places. Also please no young children as it is a long ride.

“We are just asking for a $10 entry fee donation to the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

“The bike ride will kick off at 9am from Nine Mile Station. Please be there ahead of time to register.”

The ride could take between two and four hours depending on fitness level.

“We will have a vehicle or two following for people that may need to call it a day or need a break,” she said.

“There will be a prize for best dressed rider. We have Greg in his work attire and I’ve had word of a tutu and onesie.”

“There will also be mystery Prize for riders and raffle packages and gift vouchers available at Silverton.”

Participants also get to meet the local NF hero.

“Lailah-Jade Lihou will be joining us at Silverton on Sunday so be sure to say hi and make Lailah and her family feel welcome,” Mia said. 

“Lailah’s NF journey started last year when she was diagnosed by a paediatrician.”

Let Mia or Greg know if you plan to ride on 0448 201 979 (Mia) or 0427 671 012 (Greg).

For more information, to register or to donate visit bit.ly/NFSilverton

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