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McKinnon mother-daughter cycling up a storm through Thailand to help people with disabilities

A MOTHER and daughter will be banking on pedal power and upper body strength to get them through the tropical jungles of Thailand.

Anne Jenes and her wheelchair-bound daughter Rosie will cycle 600km across the country for seven days as they try to raise money for those suffering from disabilities.

It’ll be the McKinnon duo’s fourth tour with Disability Sport and Recreation, having been to Fiji, Vietnam and Cambodia in previous years.

cycle Thailand for charityWith them, they will bring special sports equipment for special needs children at the Phuket Special Development School.

“It’s about giving something back, because these organisations are terrific for getting kids with special needs involved,” she said.

“We can get out there and show people that you might have a disability, but it doesn’t stop you from getting out, getting involved and seeing the world.”

Ms Jenes, 57, said 22-year-old Rosie is full of life and always on the move, so doing something like this was a wonderful way for them to do something adventurous together.

Ms Jenes, who admits her fitness went as far as being a “midweek tennis lady” before she went on her first jaunt with the support service, took it up as a personal challenge.

“Sure, I’ve always kept fit, but riding 100km a day is something different all together,” she said.

“It’s a tremendous feeling of satisfaction when you cross the finish line.”

They leave with 19 others, including friend Alex Gale-Grime, on July 5.

Herald Sun

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