English couple Rachael Wallace-Lower and Tom Denley.TWO Poms with a spirit for adventure will be on their bikes this morning as they hit the road from Warrnambool to Cairns.
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Tom Denley, 24, and his partner Rachael Wallace-Lower, 22, began their 5300-kilometre trip in Adelaide and the couple are hoping to raise money for the Macular Disease Society, the Australian Lung Foundation and the British Lung Foundation.

The pair have spent the past five months working on a strawberry farm in Portland.

“We both love cycling but we both also want to do charity work in the future,” Mr Denley said.

“Neither of us have university degrees, so this is really the only way for us to get experience.

“Everyone in Portland has been so welcoming, they’ve been great.”

The couple need to be in Cairns by August, when they fly home.

“Everyone has said we’re crazy,” Mr Denley said.

“It is wonderful to have the chance to combine two things that we have become very passionate about — riding and charity.”

The three charities were chosen because Ms Wallace-Lower’s friend suffered from severe lung disease and later survived a lung transplant and her sister-in-law suffers from macular disease

The Australian Lung Foundation will support the pair on their journey. Australian Lung Foundation chief executive William Darbishire said he was grateful that the couple had decided to generate the funds and awareness.

“Over 50 Australians die from lung disease each day,” he said.

“The funds raised will help us continue our fight against lung disease and to spread the word about the importance of lung health.”

Photos and updates can be found on their blog at www.poms-on-fixies南京夜网 and anyone who would like to donate should visit http://www.mycause南京夜网.au/mycause/raise_money/fundraise.php?id=50073

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