Pedalling for a ‘wheely’ good cause

DONATE: Jason Holman has the support of his wife Jess, daughter Sienna and son Aiden during the challenge.

DONATE: Jason Holman has the support of his wife Jess, daughter Sienna and son Aiden during the challenge.

Jason Holman will be giving his legs one heck of a workout when he rides 400 kilometres next month. 

The Riverstone man has pledged to hit the pedal as part of the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for children with cancer. 

Mr Holman said he was inspired by his own experiences with his daughter, Sienna. 

Sienna, now 7, was born with a rare genetic form of epilepsy, has quadriplegia and cerebral palsy.

“Sienna started having seizures at eight-weeks-old and then, all of a sudden, she’d have one every three minutes,’’ Mr Holman said. 

“She was in hospital for the first few months of her life. But the sad thing you see at hospital is – there’s always someone worse off.”

The father-of-two said he was inspired by the children battling cancer at Westmead Hospital. 

“We would walk past the kids in oncology every day. Having money go into cancer research is a good cause.’’

The Great Cycle Challenge, which started in 2013, raises awareness and funds for children’s cancer. 

Participants are challenged to set a personal kilometre goal and hit the bike throughout the month of October. 

”I don’t ride much but I thought I would give it a crack,” Mr Holman said.

 ”It’s been really good so far.”

The challenge has raised nearly $8 million for children’s cancer since its inception.

Mr Holman has already raised more than $1700. 

“I’m glad the money is going to medical researchers because we can all benefit from that,” Mr Holman said.

“Everybody at some stage in their life will be touched by cancer so people should get involved.”

The family of four relocated from Melbourne, settling in Riverstone with Sienna starting school in The Ponds. 

Mr Holman said Sienna was doing “incredibly well”. 

“Everything is good, she’s doing fantastic at school,’’ Mr Holman said. 

“She doesn’t talk but they’ve taught her to use her hands to push a button that it is hooked up to a computer to communicate.’’

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