Cancer doesn’t care when it strikes. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, fit or lazy. A few years ago a melanoma claimed the life of a 26-year-old north Queensland man, a super fit triathlete. But that tragic reality has inspired hundreds of people to get on their bikes, ask how they can help and get in the game.

A 1600-km bike ride is held each year to honour the memory of that 26-year-old man and in turn, help raise money to help find a cure for cancer. But here's the thing, that marathon bike ride started with just two guys getting out on their bikes and saying, ‘I’m going to do something about this.’ Nowadays that ride has become so popular, those same two guys almost have to turn people away. It is just so inspiring to see fit people, overweight businessmen who haven’t ridden a bike since high school, all come together with smiles on their faces taking it upon themselves to do something to help others.

It’s that old cliché – extraordinary things happen when ordinary people get involved. But I think it's a bit different. Because I don’t think there are any ordinary people. There are only amazing people waiting for their chance to shine!

We all want to be inspired. I was once working with a construction company, and the daughter of one of their leaders had autism. The company was wondering how they could help support this man's daughter and others with autism. The next week I worked at a different conference and that company was raising money for autism! I swapped stories with them and they started swapping stories with me. Everyone got inspired and so much momentum was created! People were offering money, offering to educate kids in schools, offering to take the message to their businesses. A tsunami wave of support grew that flowed into so many areas!

What can you do to make a difference? You can’t fight every battle and you can’t support every cause. But what can you do? You might say, I don’t have enough money to give it away. But can you ride a bike to support a cause? Can you read books, swim laps, take a walk? You can – and you will – when you realise the incredible difference you can make in someone else’s life, and in your own life. The buzz you get from supporting others will inspire more people to do the same! It’s infectious – I am constantly amazed at just how much can be achieved when people engage from their hearts with like-minded people.

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