A GROUP of nine school friends have taken to the road, cycling their way from Mildura to Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne.
The fundraising bike ride, Ride for the Hills, aims to raise money for Kerrie Hill, a Mildura mother suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer.
The nine school friends, including Ms Hill’s son Tim are taking part in the ride which began on Monday.
The St Joseph’s College Mildura students stopped over in Bendigo on Wednesday night.
Ethan Hicks, Angus Bock, Tim Hill, Declan Marrows, Ben Galbraith, Jacob Lonsdale, Jack O'Donnell, James Nugent and Jake Cumming are all taking part in the ride.
So far the team of cyclists has raised more than $500 on the ride.
The riders hoped to raise some more money at different locations on their trip.
Cyclist Jacob Lonsdale said he hoped to bridge the gap in treatment costs for Kerrie Hall, who has to travel to Melbourne for treatment.
He said he also hoped to raise awareness of the struggles rural cancer patients suffer to get adequate treatment.
“We didn’t want to sit back and do nothing, we wanted to raise some money for Kerrie,” Mr Lonsdale said.
Mr Lonsdale said riders had been going well despite the hot weather conditions.
The weather reached more than 35 degrees on two different days.
“We got about 40 kilometres ahead (on Tuesday) so we are all doing really well,” he said.
"Hopefully we will get into the hospital on time."
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