Doncaster Orthodontist to cycle 3000 Across America for Help For Heroes
Damian Bourke, Principal Orthodontist at The Orthodontic Centre, will be part of a team cycling across America in aid of Help for Heroes.
The Strategic Lions Cycling Team have set the ambitious goal of winning and setting a new record in the gruelling and prestigious 2011 Race Across America (RAAM) team event, now in its 30th year. The team has been assembled and organised by Strategic Team Group (STG), a Yorkshire company.
Eight riders and eleven support crew will be joining forces as The Strategic Lions Team in RAAM to raise money for Help for Heroes. The cycling team includes STG staff Andy Watson and Stuart Loben, Sportscover Strategic Pro Cycling Team riders Ash Brown, John Tanner, Kev Dawson and Chris Last and Collin Humphrey as well as Damian Bourke, Doncaster Orthodontist. The race commences on 18 June in California and finishes around 5 ½ days later in Maryland, USA. 
The support team will include Chris Parkinson of Parkinson’s Dental whose son, Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson was seriously injured in Afghanistan. He was serving with 7 Para RHA in September 2006 and is still the most severely injured soldier ever to survive.
Damian Bourke said “Help for Heroes is such a great cause and I am delighted to be contributing, especially in view of the fact that Ben is a local lad and the son of my friend Chris. I have been very impressed with peoples’ attitudes and enthusiasm to back our effort for Help for Heroes. Wates are an excellent example of a company with a sense of responsibility and I am very grateful for their support.”
Wates Construction, currently building the town’s new Civic Offices and Campsmount Technology College, has already donated £200 to the race team for the Help for Heroes charity. Wates will also be opening the doors to its Civic Office site canteen to enable Orthodontic Centre staff to sell home-made cakes and help raise more funds.
The Strategic Lions Cycling Team is now actively seeking sponsorship and charitable donations from individuals, businesses and organisations who wish to be associated with this exciting and prestigious international event. For further information, or to make donations, please contact Andrea Coley at The Orthodontic Centre on 01302 366466 or just call into the practice at 3 Chequer Road, Doncaster. 

Posted on May 27, 2011