Sonny Pearce

Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research

Raising funds for: Ride for Research 2024
88.00% Raised
$4,400.00 donated of $5,000.00 goal
61 Donors

Sonny Pearce

I met Pete at the University of Queensland in the late eighties while studying Human Movement Studies. As he’s probably going to read my profile, I’m going to say that he was my favourite lecturer and a very patient and motivational post grad supervisor!

Unfortunately, I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Claire. But I was saddened hear about her cancer diagnosis knowing the toll it must have on her, her friends and family especially Pete, Rebecca and Megan.

I’ve been unable to physically participate in the previous fundraising events as I’m located in Melbourne. So I was very excited to find out this year’s Ride 4 Research is in Bright. It is a cycling mecca, a beautiful region and is only a 4-hour drive from where I live!

My childhood was spent swimming up and down a pool in Brisbane which lead to a few years competing for both Bribie and Alexandra Headlands surf clubs in most water events and R&R. Upon starting my studies at UQ, it seemed like I was surrounded by triathletes (including Pete of course), so to fit in with the crowd I took up the sport. I was a pretty average triathlete, but I did complete two Ironman distance triathlons which I still consider high up on my life achievements list. It also gave me a love for cycling. I gave the swimming and cycling a break for a few years to take up running a bit more seriously but decided I missed cycling and have been riding ever since. I don’t race anymore (except for the occasional CX race) but enjoy the occasional sportive whether it be on road or gravel with gravel being my preference of late.

I live in Brunswick, Melbourne with my beautiful wife Jade and amazing twin daughters Ava and Poppy. I’m an Exercise Scientist by trade and am currently working for a corporate health company delivering occupational health and wellbeing services to organisations across Australia.

I’m riding for a number of important reasons 1. Rare cancers don’t get enough support! 2. To support Claire and Pete and their family 3. and for more selfish reasons, the Ride 4 Research sounds like such a great event to train for and to be part of.

If you’re reading this as a potential sponsor, I hope you can support this cause with whatever amount you can manage and why don’t you consider supporting a worthwhile cause (maybe even this one) with your time at some stage in the future.

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  1. This is such a vital cause. Any progress that can be made towards research and finding a cure or a better way forward, is so important. Ride like the wind Sonny! You have won before you even begin, just by participating 🙂

  2. Good on you, Sonny! I hope you reach your target and have a fabulous bike ride on the day.

  3. Great cause and loved your written piece, Sonny, especially when you mention your beautiful wife who is truly beautiful!

  4. Hi Sonny
    Thankyou for your awesome efforts and raising money for ovarian cancer research. I’m thrilled to help and contribute to such a worthy cause. I lost a beautiful friend to this cancer and it does take a toll. I have seen and experienced its devastation. If we can beat this cancer then many wonderful lives will be saved.

  5. Good effort, Captain. May the wind be at your back and the end-of-day beers especially cold. 👊

  6. Sorry we can’t be there with you on this amazing project, wishing you all the best for your training and the event

  7. Fantastic Sonny, thank you for taking the time to support. I wish you all the very best with the ride.

  8. As someone who has had breast cancer I have a small insight into how confronting this must be. Well done Sonny!!

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