Adelaide Plains vet staff ride for a very personal reason

Adelaide Plains Veterinary Surgery (APVS) in Two Wells has raised more than $5000 for cancer research after participating in the annual BUPA Ride For A Reason event last month as part of the renowned Tour Down Under cycling race.

Riding in honour of former staff member, Cheryl Waters, who passed away from cancer in March 2018, the six-member team of Brendon Ebert, Alison Ebert, Karen Bearpark, Dan Jessup, John Katakasi and Nerrissa Jessup completed the challenge of cycling 102 kilometres from Myponga to Strathalbyn on January 18.

APVS veterinary nurse, Alison Ebert, said the experience was amazing and the group was hoping to make it an annual event.

“The weather ended up being beautiful, there was barely any wind, it was actually perfect riding weather,” Alison said.

“When we finished we were all so elated, and we did it in fairly good time too, finishing in a bit over four hours.”

Taking to the bike regularly for months leading up to the event, Alison said none of the team members were “standout cyclists” but all enjoyed regular bike riding for recreation.

“We’ll definitely compete again,” she said.

“It was a lot of fun and a great way to raise funds for a great cause.”

The group had hoped to raise $4000 and is thrilled to note their tally is already more than $5200.

Donations are still being accepted until February 10, visit the Ride For A Reason website at and search for Adelaide Plains Vet or look them up via the Cancer Council SA website at

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