FORMER AFL star-turned sports commentator Danny Frawley has once again thrown his support behind the Ballarat Cycle Classic.
He has been the patron of the event since its inception and has never looked back.
“It’s such a great cause,” Frawley said.
All money raised from the event supports the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, the Ballarat-based cancer research centre led by Professor George Kannourakis.
“You know exactly where they money is going – back to the Ballarat organisation that’s fighting cancer,” Frawley said.
“Getting involved is a win-win. You’re helping a worthy cause to bring down this insidious disease and doing something for your fitness.”
Frawley grew up in Bungaree and was recruited to the AFL after his schooling at St Patrick’s College.
He served as St Kilda captain, has been inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and returned to the club in a part-time coaching position late last year.
“Fitness has always been a part of my life – growing up with football – and it continues to be.
“Now, over 50, as the saying goes you either use it or lose it.”
Frawley says he is an avid bike rider.
He has taken part in the event many times, but unfortunately will be unable to this year with commitments in the lead-up to the football season.
“The beauty of the day is you can do the event that suits you, whether it’s the elite ride, mountain biking, relays round the lake or walking around the lake.
“There’s such a great atmosphere. So many people participate, or come down and have a look and enjoy the music and food.”
Frawley said it was such a worthy cause, with everyone touched by cancer.