Girls Got Heart is led by founders, best friends and passionate cyclists – Keely Mancini and Rebecca East.
The girls met in Brisbane when their children were young and soon realised that they shared similar life goals and a strong commitment to healthy living and staying fit and they have been friends ever since.
One of their strongest connections is training and competing in various events, which have been many over the years. These events have often been an excuse for a girls weekend away and an opportunity to recalibrate and spend some time with friends, away from the demands of family life. They both firmly believe that anything is possible if you take that first step, just keep moving forward, keep turning up and not only will you have a lot of fun but you’ll meet some great people and surprise yourself along the way.
A charity event in December 2016 at Meandarra, Western Queensland, led the girls to the struggles of Queenslanders living in rural and isolated communities due to poor access to critical health care. The event was hosted by Bec’s good friends, Scott and Ann-Marie Attwooll, at their property ‘Uralla’, and organised by the Meandarra community in memory of a local farmer Graeme Bridle who had died suddenly due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Had Graeme been aware of this condition, he might still be here today. Graemes devastated family and friends gathered the community to raise funds for the Heart of Australia to expand the route of its mobile heart clinic and specialist health care to include Meandarra, and in doing so, prevent another family from experiencing the same tragic outcome.
Keely and Bec were inspired by the energy and spirit of the local community which touched their hearts and as a consequence, combining their love of fitness and community, Girls Got Heart was born. In 2017 was launched as a platform to not only raise funds but also to create awareness of this issue by educating and promoting change where possible and importantly creating a connection between communities in the city and the country.
Queenslanders living in rural communities do not receive the same level of medical care as their city counterparts with devastating consequences. At Girls Got Heart we believe this needs to change.
So challenge yourself, join us for the ride and together we can make a difference.
Keely and Rebecca would like to thank everyone who has supported Girls Got Heart on this crazy yet vital journey. We are so fortunate to live in a city with everything we need at our finger tips.
With heart we ride for rural health – These Girls Got Heart
Keely and Bec xx