Former local Laura McNamara is a Tour de Cure regular. The tour is coming to South Gippsland later this month and everyone can get involved.

THE Tour de Cure is Australia’s most well-known cycling event away from professional racing and it’s coming our way, featuring a night’s stay and dinner at RACV Inverloch, and visits to local schools.
The 11th Signature Tour 2017 from Hotham to Hobart promises to be as challenging and inspirational as ever for the 120 riders involved.
From Friday, March 24 to Saturday, April 1, the tour will cover 1270km through regional communities across Victoria and Tasmania.
The aim is to raise more than $2.4 million for life-saving cancer research, support and prevention projects.
Thanks to Channel Seven and the Sunrise Team, the Signature Tour receives extensive television coverage.
Sunrise’s sports presenter Mark Beretta and weatherman James Tobin are among those in the saddle, taking the Tour to lounge rooms across Australia each morning.
Former Leongatha lad and now Commonwealth Bank executive Cam Perrett will also be on the tour, and he’s thrilled the event is coming through his home patch.

RACV Inverloch Tour dinner
The Signature Tour’s Day 4, Monday, March 27, concludes with a dinner at the RACV Resort Inverloch where locals can meet the Tour de Cure Team who love getting to know the local community, and will give away $10,000 to a local cancer project.
The family friendly event runs from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and costs just $35 per head.
You can get tickets at www.trybooking.com/249929
The next morning, Sunrise will be crossing live to the RACV Resort for chats with Beretta and Tobin.
Tour de Cure is passionate about helping people who are touched by cancer, particularly individuals and families in regional communities where care and support for cancer patients is limited.
For example, for every 100km a patient lives from radiotherapy, they have a 6 per cent greater chance of dying than city patients.
On each overnight stop, Tour de Cure will donate $10,000 to local cancer projects.
Raising awareness that one in three cancers is preventable is also a key focus for Tour de Cure.

School visits
The team will visit local primary schools along the way and through Tour de Cure’s Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy program, the team will educate more than 5000 children that by making simple, healthy lifestyle choices, they can reduce their cancer risk.
School visits in the area are:
• Leongatha Primary School: Presentation at noon on Monday, March 27
• Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School: Presentation at 12.30pm, Monday, March 27
• Loch Primary School: Presentation, mid-morning on Tuesday, March 28.
Since 2007, the event has funded more than 250 cancer projects and achieved 18 significant, world-class cancer breakthroughs.