[singlepic id=133 w=320 h=240 float=left]Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is calling on bike riders in the far north to join him later this month for the annual ‘Ride for Isabel’ to raise awareness and funds for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support (SANDS) Queensland.

The 166-kilometre Ride for Isabel cycling event, now in its second year, honours the memory of Mr Pitt’s daughter Isabel who was stillborn in 2008.

“The ride coincides with the start of Bike Week 2011 and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off cycling in the far north than our annual Ride for Isabel,” Mr Pitt said.

The Ride for Isabel starts at Ravenshoe on Saturday 12 March at Windy Hill.

Cyclists will ride through Millaa Millaa to Crawfords Lookout, then head towards East Palmerston, ending the first day at Warrina Lakes in Innisfail.

On Sunday, it’s on to Mirriwinni, with a ‘Pitt-stop’ at Fishery Falls and Gordonvale, before ending the journey at Woree.

“It’s fun, it’s about getting fit and it’s about supporting SANDS,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt said he and his wife Kerry couldn’t have pulled through the trauma of losing their daughter without the help of SANDS.

“There are no words to describe the pain of losing Isabel. SANDS was there for us every step of the way and the Ride for Isabel is our way of giving something back.

“Kerry and I decided we wanted to help SANDS help other families cope with the trauma and heartache,” he said.

Mr Pitt said all the proceeds from the Ride for Isabel will go to SANDS Queensland.

To register for the fund-raising ride, call the Mulgrave Electorate Office on 4056 3175 or email Mulgrave@parliament.qld.gov.au or visit https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=3727


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