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Daughter joins CareFlight Cycle Challenge as tribute to Dad

Spring Hill cyclist Chevonne Arrowsmith will dedicate her 2015 CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge ride to her late father who was airlifted by the rescue service back in 2010.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to CareFlight who did so much for me,” she said.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue came to the assistance of Chevonne’s Dad after a motorcycle crash in 2010 on the Esk Kilcoy Road at Somerset.

“They gave Dad every chance to survive his injuries and gave my brother and I the opportunity to care for Dad in his final days,” she said.

“CareFlight also made it possible for Dad to give the gift of life to a number of strangers through organ donation.”

Chevonne’s father Allan was a Pilot who she says was ‘at home in the skies’.

“It was apt that his last journey was by air,” she said.

As a way of coping through the difficult year that followed, Chevonne bought her first road bike in 2011.

“I soon caught the 'bicycle bug'… I was hooked,” she said.

“Cycling became a way for me to cope. Cycling pretty much saved my life.”

Chevonne will hit the road with a number of well-known cyclists including three time Tour de France Green Jersey winner Robbie McEwen, as well as CareFlight crew and former CareFlight patients for the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge on Sunday May 3.

The team of 70 cyclists will ride an impressive 260 kilometres in a single day from the Gold Coast to CareFlight’s Toowoomba Hangar in the ‘ride to save lives’, travelling through towns and communities the CareFlight helicopter regularly flies to.

Chevonne, who is aiming to raise $2,500, says her goal is to provide CareFlight with as much money as possible so the community service can help other families in need.

“I’ve already had lots of donations come through including some from an anonymous CareFlight supporter who I do not know, but who chose to donate - what a fantastic random act of kindness!” she said.

“Every CareFlight mission is critical for someone's loved one. You never know when that someone could be you so please dig deep.”

Please support the incredible efforts of Chevonne and the other inspiring riders by donating to the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge at www.careflight.org.au/b2b