What: Melbourne woman Jane Woodman will be welcomed home after cycling 15,000km from China to raise money for cancer research.
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper will ride the final leg of the journey with Jane into Federation Square.
When: 11am, Sunday 2 March 2014
Where: St Paul’s Court, Federation Square, Melbourne
On Sunday 2 March 2014, Jane Woodman will complete an epic bicycle journey from Beijing to Melbourne. Jane has cycled 15,000km in a solo effort to raise money for Cancer Council Victoria.
"After losing a dear friend to melanoma, I wanted to do something to improve the outcomes of other people fighting the disease. Research funding is needed to develop better treatments and ultimately find a cure for this disease that impacts so many Australian families," Jane said.
Since departing from Tiananmen Square 18 months ago, Jane has cycled through China Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.
"There have been challenges, delights, confusion and a lot of laughter since I set off from Beijing. Without a doubt it has been the people I've met that have made this an unforgettable journey. Camping out along the way has allowed me to spend the night in places where few, if any, foreigners have been before. It's given me a new perspective on the world we live in."
"Riding a bicycle is a fantastic way of seeing the world. You experience everything at a fundamental level: every sweaty climb up a mountain; life as it happens in real time around you; the challenges of finding food, water and a safe place to sleep every day; and the joy of connecting with people across cultural and language barriers."
"I have faced a few challenges along the way, but nothing that couldn't be overcome with a little assistance from people met along the way. I got caught out by foul weather traversing a mountain range in China, and if it wasn't for the help of a local man in a small hamlet, I may have been in real trouble. I was close to hypothermia, was exhausted and feeling pretty scared. The man let me sit by his fire until I was warm and well enough to continue."
Jane said she is most looking forward to simple pleasures when she arrives home on Sunday.
"Having spent so long living in a tent, I'm really looking forward to sleeping in a real bed, sitting on a couch and enjoying the convenience of indoor plumbing."
Over the coming months Jane will be continuing to raise money for the Cancer Council by writing a book about her experiences, and visiting schools and community groups to talk about her adventures and the importance of being SunSmart.
To help Jane meet her fundraising goal, donate directly to the Cancer Council via Jane's web page: www.intrepidcycle.com