Community digs deep for Tour de Hills

TOUR de Hills participant Daniel Tosolini was "overwhelmed" by the support he received to raise $5927 for Dominic Rowe's research into motor neurone disease.

The former West Pennant Hills resident was part of a team of 11 members who rode in memory of his father Paul Tosolini, who died of the disease last November, after living with it for seven years.

"I saw the disease stripping everything off him," Mr Tosolini said.

"Dad was adamant about Professor Rowe's research so when I found out the money I raised would go directly to it, I went for it."

Mr Tosolini, who did the 90-kilometre ride, was one of about 500 riders who took on the Hills News and Australian Hotel and Brewery charity cycling event on March 2.

To date, donations made by riders and their sponsors is $20,670, which will be distributed to the charities they have nominated.

In addition, Castle Hill Rotary Club hope to distribute up to $25,000 from the entry fees and commercial sponsorships between the main beneficiary — the motor neurone department at Macquarie University — and Rotary charities Police Legacy, Rural Fire Services, International Rotary Foundation and the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

Rotary's chairman of the event's organising committee Mike Blair said the club was very proud of the community support.

"Without the community this event does not happen," he said.

As the highest individual fund-raiser, Mr Tosolini won a Hamilton Island holiday with three nights' accommodation and two return air fares from Sydney.

Team PricewaterhouseCoopers' clients raised $3050 and the second highest individual fund-raiser was Fiona Newman with $1557.

Adam Jones and Lily Fong won the two bikes donated by The Bike Shop of Castle Hill.

■ Donations are still open until the end of March via tourdehills.com.au.

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