Spinny Monaghan is an elder in the community, an accomplished horseman and has a connection to country that goes way back.

In this image, he is in the cattle yards, but in 2019, at 75 years of age, he rode 200kms on horseback to raise money for cancer research.

In this article by Sally Cripps, Spinny describes why he ‘rode for a cure’.

‘Spinny’s grandaughter Venessa Harris was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2015 when she was 12 years old and had just won a major modelling competition with the offer of a three-year contract and a trip to Paris.

“Visiting with Ness in the Lady Cilento Hospital, we saw the different ages from newborn to teenagers fighting this dreaded sickness and parents trying their hardest to keep their families together,” he said. “From my own experience this was very stressful and frightening. I wanted to do something.


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