PETER Rullo’s late wife Nicole is the reason he cycles and his motivation behind raising money for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, which supports WA cancer patients and their families.
The father-of-two from Gooseberry Hill was among 40 riders on August 29-30 fundraising for the cause by cycling on two stationary bikes non-stop, collectively for 24 hours, at Fast Eddys Cafe in Morley. The group raised more than $6000 and rode 1445km – the same distance to the South Australian border – at an average speed of 30km/h.
Mr Rullo said the inaugural fundraiser in honour of his wife was one of many the Rullo Group of riders was holding in the lead-up to the 200km Ride to Conquer Cancer in October.
“We have organised to help raise our goal of $100,000 towards cancer research and we are currently the third highest team with just under $70,000,” he said.
Local businesses donated goods and services that were auctioned and raffled off over the weekend, as well as people donating spare change. People who donate can go in the running to win a 2015 Yaris up until the October ride.
Mrs Rullo, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and acute myeloid leukaemia 10 years ago, died last year, leaving behind her husband of 18 years and two children.
To donate, visit www.facebook.com/RulloGroupRTCC