Macquarie riders support Perkins cancer research

Staff at the Macquarie Group are contributing to cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research by raising vital funds through the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer.

MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer - Macquarie David WalkerDavid Walker, an Associate Director of Macquarie Group Limited, said he signed up for his first Ride in 2014 and found that his Macquarie colleagues were keen to get involved by signing up for the Ride or supporting the teams fundraising efforts.

Riders from the Macquarie Group participate as members of Team MACA, the Ride’s title sponsor.

“In the first year, it was just a bit of fun and a good reason to get fit but after the emotional opening ceremony and then visiting the Perkins laboratories, it started to sink in that it was more than just fun – it was really important,” David said.

“After signing up for the second Ride my grandfather died of cancer and it made it all the more real for me.”

The Macquarie Group Foundation rewarded the determination of their staff members by matching their fundraising efforts to the sum of $61,000.

The Macquarie Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group, facilitating pro bono programs and funding a range of community projects including cutting-edge research.

Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman, said it was the support of organisations like Macquarie that sustained fundamental cancer research at the Institute.

“We are extremely grateful to Macquarie for their dedication to our Ride and ultimately their commitment to medical research,” Professor Leedman said. 

The 2016 MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer will take place on 15 – 16 October. Click here for more information.

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