Riders John and Dennis put their hearts into charity.
Riders John and Dennis put their hearts into charity. christine.perkin

Having a pacemaker doesn't mean taking life easy

PEOPLE might think that having a pacemaker would mean taking life slow and easy.

But for a small group of cyclists called Riders with Pace nothing could be further from the truth - with some members regularly riding more than 100km while raising money for worthy causes.

The group has three aims:

  • To raise money for charity through fundraising rides in south-east Queensland,
  • To provide a physical challenge suited to their level of capability to people with pacemakers, and
  • To show the world that life can be full and rewarding with a pacemaker.

In 2014, Riders with Pace raised more than $2500 across charities as diverse as medical research, support for homeless youth, and provision of care for the sick. Already in 2015 it has raised more than $1600.

Most of the events Riders with Pace enter offer distances from 25km to 100km, so riders can choose their own challenge.

New riders of any capability are most welcome - if you've got the pacemaker you can always buy the bicycle.

Your heart may have electrical problems, but if it's in the right place you can help fundraise.

For more, see http://riderswithpace.wix.com/riders-with-pace.


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