Kylan, Jordan, Nick and Jono Beech are brothers on a mission to make a remarkable difference in the lives of people impacted by cancer in honour of their late mother, Tammy-Lee Beech, who passed away from lung cancer in 2016.
In 2019, Kylan Beech came up with the idea of cycling 220kms from Adelaide to his family’s hometown of Barmera to raise funds and awareness for cancer in honour of his mum. Soon, his three older brothers Jono, Jordan and Nick signed up to cycle alongside him in what was an incredibly special event.
The inaugural ride exceeded their expectations—raising a massive $30,000, which was $20,000 more than their initial goal of $10,000.
Given the success of the ride, the boys made plans to ride again, this time choosing to take on an even bigger ride, cycling a massive 2,200 km over two weeks, from the Gold Coast to Adelaide.
It was rough, long and the boys faced gruelling conditions, including floods and heavy rain. But, determined to make it to Cancer Council SA’s home in Adelaide on Saturday 12 November—what would have been their mum’s 60th birthday—the boys pushed and pedalled through, crossing the finish line in time to celebrate at the gala dinner.
“It was pretty surreal and a lot of fun. It seemed to be challenge after challenge on this bike ride with everything, but we are definitely stronger from it,” Kylan says.
The gala dinner saw the announcement of the ride’s fundraising total in front of the 260 guests.
“Proud would be an understatement of these boys. Kylan, the youngest of the brothers & main organiser of this incredible fundraiser, proudly announced at their gala dinner that they’d raised an incredible $55,000 for early detection of cancer, with donations still coming in after their ride. What a privilege to be involved in their incredible journey,” says Emma McKee, Project Manager – Community Fundraising.
A documentary detailing the brothers’ two-week ride premiered at the Piccadilly Cinema in North Adelaide on 31 March. You can watch the 220 For Tammy documentary here.
To find out more about the ride and 220 For Tammy, visit 220fortammy.com
If you’ve been inspired by the Beech Boys and their incredible fundraising, you can register to hold your own Do It For Cancer fundraiser – from a garage sale to a marathon, every dollar raised helps reduce the rate and impact of cancer for all South Australians.
Together, let’s make a difference and Do It For Cancer!