HEATHRIDGE youngster Eoin Hoey is preparing to cycle more than 160km this week for a cause close to his family.
The 15-year-old will again take part in Mission for melanomaWA with his father Adrian and uncle Mark Williams, who has stage 3 malignant melanoma.
Last year, the trio tackled the 100-mile off-road ride that runs from Swan View to York and back, stopping at schools and community groups to raise awareness of melanoma.
Eoin said he wanted to take part again because of the people he met last year.
“Their stories, courage and support for each other was inspiring and I wanted to remain a part of this group to support them. The support melanomaWA has given our family during my uncle’s journey has been amazing,” he said.
“The awareness we can create by doing this ride might mean that just one person could be saved from getting melanoma and that would be amazing.”
The Prendiville Catholic College student said while he had done “a few training rides” in the lead-up, his experiences from last year were good preparation.
“Last time, I completely underestimated the importance of eating properly and keeping my energy stores up,” he said.
“I hit a wall of pain at the 50km mark because I hadn’t been drinking or eating enough.
“I’m not going to make that mistake again.”
Also riding is Tapping resident and “Chief of Mission” Rory Slabbert.
Last year, Eoin raised $2060 and already he is on his way to beating that before the August 18-19 event.
To donate, go to give.everydayhero.com/au/eoin-5.