Doctor street strides to Surfers

A Gold Coast doctor has completed a three day journey from Lismore to Surfers Paradise on a street strider to raise money for charity.

Shirley McIlvenny rode 150km for Nutrition Plus, a not-for-profit group that is trying to improve the health of Indigenous kids.

“Child obesity is a really big problem for all of us, but particularly in the Indigenous community it’s an even bigger issue,” she said.


“About 18 percent of Indigenous children are overweight or obese, which is a huge amount and I really wanted to do something to help them.”

The strider is a three-wheeled bike which forces you to sway your hips from side to side to make it move.

“It’s like a cross-trainer in the gym, but you can go out and cycle around,” Dr McIlvenny said.

“You’re not going as fast as a bicycle so everybody stops to talk to me and have a really good chat, because they are really intrigued at what it is.”