Mat Britton – with his two children, Lily, 3, and Alec, 5 – will ride in a Springfield charity toy bike ride as well as a fundraiser from Sydney to the Gold Coast.
Mat Britton – with his two children, Lily, 3, and Alec, 5 – will ride in a Springfield charity toy bike ride as well as a fundraiser from Sydney to the Gold Coast. Sarah Keayes

Cyclists to spread Christmas cheer

SPREADING some early Christmas cheer, Springfield Lakes resident Mat Britton will be among a team of cycling enthusiasts taking part in an annual toy drive.

Joining the Springfield Riders Group in their festive cycle, the 34-year-old father of two said he was looking forward to the ride.

This year the riders’ group will be supporting children and families from Gailes Community House, with members of the club cycling from Orion Springfield to deliver them personally.

“I think the reason is we all wanted to give something back,” Mr Britton said.

“We have a pretty good life and if we can ride our push bike on a weekend, we are doing alright.

“Putting a smile on a little person’s face by giving them a toy is a pretty easy thing to do.”

He will be joined on the ride by Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll, who said it was something the group looked forward to each year.

“I hope that we will again be able to give a number of disadvantaged children in our local area a Christmas they will remember for all the right reasons,” Mr Ripoll said.

Those wanting to get involved with this year’s toy drive (with a date set to be confirmed shortly) or donate a present can contact Mr Ripoll on 3818 3900.

The Oxley electorate office will also be used as a collection point during normal office hours.

Before he cycles off to play the role of ‘Santa’, Mr Britton will also take part in the Sydney to Surfers bike ride, with students and staff from Griffith’s School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science riding from Sydney to the Gold Coast to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Research.

The graduating physiotherapy student will soon start work at Orion Family Physiotherapy but, in the meantime, he will take off on the gruelling 10-day 1000 kilometre ride tomorrow.


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