A TEAM of 12 staff from North Stradbroke Island miner Sibelco has struck gold.
The daring dozen, from the island, Murarrie and Pinkenba, raised $46,300 in sponsorship for this weekend's Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer.
The team, motivated by the challenge and the fight against cancer, worked out for six months before the two-day, 200km ride, which raises money for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
Team captain and Sibelco employee Kelvin Weeding said he loved the idea of pushing the entire team to finish the gruelling ride.
"It's the little bit extra here and there that you fit into your daily work schedule for the benefit of others that gives you the kick along when it gets hard," he said.
Kevin was instrumental as chief corporate fundraiser, securing $25,000, and designing the team uniform.
The idea to join the event came from team manager John Costigan, who thought it was a great chance for Sibelco staff to contribute to cancer research while getting fit.
"Everyone I approached was immediately supportive. Cancer is too big a disease to ignore and will touch most Australians at some point in their lives," John said.
He put his idea into action with regular weekend team rides, which finished at Redland coffee shops in Cleveland and Wellington Point.
"The weekend training is about increasing our fitness and endurance levels," he said.
"But, more importantly, it is about developing a sense of camaraderie and friendship among the team before the ride this weekend."
For information about the ride, or to contribute to the Sibelco team's fundraising effort, visit