Three members of the Harcourts Group Australia team took to their bikes and headed to New Zealand taking part in the charity bike ride, Smiling for Smiddy between 20-24 March.
Brendan Whipps, CEO Harcourts Queensland, Andrew Friebe, CEO Harcourts South Australia and Jason Jaeger, Business Development Manager Harcourts Queensland all took part in the five-day ride from Christchurch to Queenstown.
Smiling for Smiddy raises funds for Mater Research – a world class institute currently working in the cancer space. Team Harcourts raised a total of $22,000 for the cause.
This is the second year Mr Whipps and Mr Friebe have taken part in a Smiling for Smiddy riding challenge, with both completing the Adelaide to Uluru ride in 2016.
The team battled rain, zero-degree temperatures, and some friendly competition all for a good cause which affects so many in the community, including rider Brendan Whipps.
“It was certainly an emotionally charged week, riding with the incredible Smiddy crew,” says Mr Whipps.
“So many of us are blessed with healthy lives and families, however this year my little 3-year-old nephew Hunter is courageously fighting leukaemia and whilst all of the riders this week are extraordinary people, the real heroes are those who are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly,” says Mr Whipps.
Smiling for Smiddy organises several riding challenges throughout the year in different locations to raise funds for cancer research.