Man who has had open-heart surgery plans to cycle to Perth
A HERVEY Bay man is planning to cycle to Perth at the end of this year to raise awareness about heart disease.
Daniel Lidster, 24, was born with a congenital heart disorder and has had three rounds of open-heart surgery to correct it.
He now has a pacemaker to help regulate the rhythm of his heart.
Mr Lidster estimates it will take three weeks to complete the cycle from Maryborough to Perth and is looking at building a human-powered vehicle, much like the ones used in Maryborough's yearly Technology Challenge, to achieve his goal.
Supporting Hearts4heart, an organisation dedicated to supporting those with heart disease, is also part of Mr Lidster's plan.
Mr Lidster said his mum Tammy was already keen to become a member of the team that will cycle to Perth and he hoped many others would also put their hands up and be part of it.
"Mum's been really helpful," he said.
"She's going to come, she's going to ride."
Mr Lidster is also looking for sponsorship from local businesses to help him get to Perth.
As a disability support worker and with an invisible illness of his own, he said he understood how important it was to raise awareness, both for himself and others in the community.
"Heart disease is the second biggest killer in Australia," Mr Lidster said.
Mr Lidster aims to start the cycle to Perth on December 27, his 25th birthday, and he anticipates the trek will take about three weeks.