"Making a real difference to people's lives"

A huge group of extraordinary Western Australians will be up at dawn tomorrow morning, ready to ride their bikes over 200 kilometres, supporting ground breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.Grant Menhennet

Perth’s biggest weekend cycling fundraiser, the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer is about to get started for the fourth year, with an emotional opening ceremony at 6.30am on Saturday, at McCallum Park.

One of the teams who have dedicated the past year to training rides and fundraising, Team MACA, has already raised more than 1 million dollars on their own, with the tally expected to rise on the weekend.

“Everybody who rides in this event does a phenomenal job training for the 200 kilometre ride and fundraising thousands of dollars for cancer research,” said Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman.

“However, it’s been humbling and inspiring to see the efforts of Team MACA. If there’s a slow-down in the mining industry they certainly haven’t let it affect their passionate support of cancer research.”

At this stage the top fundraising individual rider, is Grant Menhennet, who was introduced to the Ride by MACA. The Komatsu Major Account Manager single-handedly raised more than $43,000.

“My main motivation for fundraising for The Perkins is how cancer touches so many people of all ages and the need for research that makes a real difference to people’s lives,” Mr Menhennet said.

Professor Leedman said the funds raised were already being put to use in the Perkins laboratories.

“Several life-saving cancer research programs which include breast, prostate, melanoma, colon, head and neck, liver and leukaemia are underway. The purpose of these programs is to test new ideas for tackling cancer, promote new collaborations between cancer research teams and increase cross-fertilisation of ideas. These projects have never been funded before. We have also purchased new equipment such as incredibly precise microscopes,“ Professor Leedman said.

The total number of riders and dollars raised will be announced at 6.30am tomorrow, Saturday the 17th of October at McCallum Park, Taylor Street, Victoria Park.

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