Star supporter: MACA
“The only way to beat cancer is to get involved,” Geoff Baker
|MACA Director of Operations, Geoff Baker|
A passion for medical research has spurred on staff at a WA mining and civil construction company to create the biggest Ride to Conquer Cancer team in the world.
Always a strong advocate of community responsibility, MACA Limited encouraged personnel to make up its first team ride five years ago.
Hundreds of Team MACA riders cycle from Perth to Mandurah and back, raising millions of dollars to support cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
The Ride is an annual event in most states of Australia as well as Canada and New Zealand and MACA has the biggest team in all the rides
“MACA’s participation is mind blowing,” said Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman.
MACA’s Director of Operations, Geoff Baker, says that when the five founding members of the business got together in 2002 they wanted MACA to be about more than just drilling, hauling and crushing, as supporting a good cause was central to their core values.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Mr Baker says. “It gives people in a business situation an outside focus most of us can participate in and cancer is a big part of any community.”
MACA funded a PhD student in one of the Perkins laboratories for three years and when a vital minus 80 degree freezer became faulty, they funded a new one.
Team MACA has led the way in all five of the Ride to Conquer Cancer events in Perth and has raised a staggering total of over $6 million.