Who and What is Smiling for Smiddy
Sadly it can be said that we have all been touched by cancer in our lives whether ourselves, close family, friends or acquaintances and that's exactly what inspired Smiling for Smiddy. Smiling for Smiddy is a charity that raises money for Mater Health to fund life saving cancer research.
The Smiddy organisation came about as a result of the terrible loss of 26 year old, Adam Smiddy, in 2006. A young and talented triathlete and physiotherapist, Adam, was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma and had surgery to remove it and his lymph nodes. A gradual 6 month recovery saw his return to health, however he started feeling unwell again, and 3 weeks later he passed away. Without his knowledge, his cancer had spread to his vital organs. To honour Adam, 6 weeks after his passing away, his triathlete coach, Mark, and a couple of mates, fulfilled one of Adams unrealised dreams, to ride from Brisbane to his home town, Home Hill. In doing so they raised $24,000. The next year 25 people rode, and in 2008, 50 people rode and raised $420,000 for cancer research. Now Smiling for Smiddy has become an institution in itself, raising millions over the years to fund life changing cancer research.
This year Cloud Assess's Managing Director, Rob Bright, will be joining the Smiddy team on their flagship challenge, to ride 1600 from Townsville to Brisbane. This is Rob’s second challenge ride with Smiddy. He sees the cause as extremely worthwhile as the money raised goes directly to cancer research. The advances that the money has provided to fund projects is immense.
“The Smiddy events are more than just a ride, it became clear to me on my last event that each rider on the has a personal and heartfelt story, and see the ride as a way to make a difference, through a positive contribution to something bigger. Cancer rips holes in our communities. The people on these rides have lost children, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends, cousins, aunts and uncles, the list goes on. Evenings are spent sharing stories and meals together, the days are spent riding and throughout friendships are made as you support each other through incredibly challenging personal achievements. It’s an amazing opportunity, and I’m very proud to be involved.”
Read more Smiddy stories and the amazing work they do here
How you can get involved
Rob has set up a fantastic Father's Day raffle where you could be the lucky winner of a Barbecue and Esky. Proceeds will go directly to cancer research.
To buy raffle tickets click here
To sponsor Rob use the link here
To learn more about Smiddy events, click here