Firefighter and cancer survivor Rudy Pospisil from Canada has cycled 25,000 kilometres through 15 countries over the past ten years to raise money and awareness about cancer.
On Tuesday October 10 he set off on the final stage of his world tour - Perth to Melbourne. The ride will take approximately six weeks to complete and is 3,500 kilometres.
Kicking off at Perth Fire Station Rudy was buoyed by the outpouring of support from his fellow Australian firefighters. Many accompanied him on bikes as he left the city and the Motor 28 Heritage firefighting appliance travelled with Rudy to Mundaring.
“Being a firefighter it’s like you have a family anywhere you go around the world, “he said.
Department of Fire and Emergency (DFES) Commissioner Darren Klemm said Rudy’s Ride was a great initiative to raise funds to support people affected by cancer.
“Rudy has made this journey to inspire others and raise awareness and much needed funds for cancer, a devastating disease that Rudy has battled not only once, but twice, “he said.
Travelling through the Goldfields Midland region Rudy has already made a stop in Northam, Meckering, Tammin and Kellerberrin. He will continue towards the State border and the Nullabor Plain where he hopes to set the world record for the fastest ride on the famous ninety mile straight.
Commissioner Klemm said DFES was proud to assist Rudy on his Western Australian journey through the sourcing of camping and food supplies.
Welshpool Station Officer Stuart Parks is travelling with Rudy to the State border and Superintendent Peter Sutton will be his escort driver to Northam.
This is the final leg of Rudy’s global journey and he will be officially retiring from firefighting at the end of the ride after 30 years of dedicated service.
You can make a donation or create a tribute dedicated to a loved one by sponsoring 1 kilometre of Rudy’s Ride, with proceeds going directly to the Peter Mac Foundation for cancer research.