On the front foot for cause

GAME ON: Lisa Nicolson, Dave Collier, Daniel Jackson, Adam Nicolson and Peter Spranatis are gearing up for their world record attempt, which aims to raise money for cancer. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

GAME ON: Lisa Nicolson, Dave Collier, Daniel Jackson, Adam Nicolson and Peter Spranatis are gearing up for their world record attempt, which aims to raise money for cancer. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

LIFE is short, says a group of central Victorian residents who are taking on this year's Ride to Conquer Cancer. 

So why not band together to support a worthy cause - and break a world record while you're at it? 

Five local residents have taken a bold approach to raising the money needed to participate in the annual two-day, 200 kilometre ride this October. 

"We decided to do the ride because we've all been touched by cancer in some way," participant Lisa Nicolson said. 

"And we wanted to find a fun, engaging way to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Centre.

"Through a (little bit of brainstorming) we decided to attempt a Guinness World Record for the largest boxing lesson and raise money that way."

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She said the idea started at a dinner table and had gained momentum "like they could never have imagined". 

"We thought one good unique fundraising idea would be a cool thing to do, and now we want more… We want to go above and beyond our fundraising requirement."

Ms Nicolson will join with husband Adam and friends Peter Spranatis, David Collier and Daniel Jackson, who have all been affected by cancer. 

Mr Spranatis has lost his mum, dad and sister to bowel cancer - and says the ride will be in memory of them. 

The participants know that alone, they are unable to make a difference. 

"But what I do know that being a part of this ride and raising as much money as we can and more awareness will make a difference," Ms Nicolson said. 

"I am sick of cancer winning."

She said all fitness levels and abilities could take part in the boxing lesson. 

"There has been an enormous amount of work into this fundraiser, and we really need the community support to come along and be apart of the lesson," Ms Nicolson said. 

The idea started at a dinner table and has gained momentum like we could not have imagined. - Lisa Nicolson

"Without the numbers we will not beak the world record."

The boxing match will be held on September 21 at Bendigo Stadium; $35 entry with BOXA gloves and T-shirt, $20 without gloves. 

For more information go to www.recordbreakers.com.au

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