Kim Evans is cycling around Australia hoping to raise $1 million for Motor Neurone Disease research.
Kim Evans is cycling around Australia hoping to raise $1 million for Motor Neurone Disease research. Iain Curry

Kim continues trek for departed friend

A BEST friend's dream to ride 150,000km around Australia has become Kim Evans' most epic adventure.

The 56-year-old and his dog Devil have dropped into the Sunshine Coast on the first leg of a five-month fundraising journey to help fight motor neurone disease.

Mr Evan's best friend of 40 years and brother-in-law Bob Delaney died of the disease, which progressively destroys cells that control essential muscle activity in the body, in 2010.

On the day he died, Mr Evans promised he would fulfil Bob's life-long dream to cycle around Australia.

"In 2002, when Bob was first diagnosed, we cycled 800km and raised $8500 for awareness of motor neurone disease," Mr Evans said.

"We started talking about doing the 150,000km then and we made a pact that we would do it.

"When he died, I knew I had to fulfil his dream and so I've got a little cross that I'm wearing with his ashes in it, so he can come along for the ride also."

With Devil the Siberian husky/german shepherd cross by his side, Mr Evans aims to ride an averaging of 150km a day and raise $1million for motor neurone disease research.

The Devil 'N' Me Around Ozee - Ride for No MND fundraising team have already raised $11,000 in the first four days of the trip.

The team will hit the road for Toowoomba today, passing through Noosa and Gympie. Visit http://www.nomnd.com.au to make a donation.



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