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7 May, 2021

Ride for bowel cancer passes through

The Kits for Cops cyclists made their way from Toowoomba to Warwick, passing through Wyreema, Cambooya and Nobby as they completed their journey to deliver bowel cancer test kits to police stations throughout Queensland.

The Kits for Cops cyclists making their way between Cambooya and Greenmount on Cudmore Road.

The ride is a joint initiative of the Queensland Police Union and Queensland Rotary.

The cyclists started their trip in Toowoomba before heading up to Emerald and then Cairns.

They then rode down the Queensland coast, arriving in Toowoomba again on April 28.

The last leg of the journey was a leisurely ride through the beautiful scenery of the Cambooya, Greenmount and Nobby districts on the way from Toowoomba to Warwick.

The Kits for Cops ride was inspired by the story of Bek Smith, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 44.

The diagnosis was a shock to her, a serving QPS member
at Logan Police Station south of Brisbane, as she considered herself a healthy person.

She has been told that her condition is incurable, providing motivation to spread awareness about the importance of getting tested.

Australians over 50 receive bowel cancer test kits for free from the government, yet 57% of people do not return them.

Bowel cancer is 98% curable if found early, but is the second highest cancer killer due to insufficient testing.

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