Perth’s biggest fundraising bike ride hits $4 million target

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer today announced that this year’s ride had raised $4.1 million bringing the total amount to $32 million over the 7 years that the two day charity bike ride event has been run.

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer supports ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Perth, Western Australia.

“This is the seventh annual MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer and every year the Ride is a powerful tribute to people who suffer from this terrible disease”, said Professor Peter Leedman, Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“The riders are remarkable. They fundraise throughout the year to support cancer research because they want to make a difference, and they train for months to complete the 200km round trip.

“With one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, we know that investment in cancer research is critical if we want to reduce the impact of this terrible disease.

“At the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research there are more than 250 researchers from around the world working in our laboratories in Perth researching many different cancer types, particularly the hard to treat cancers such as triple negative breast cancer, drug resistant melanoma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, brain tumours.

“We are incredibly grateful to the continued support of everyone involved in the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer. The community of riders, donors, volunteers, and sponsors make a significant difference to our research.

“We take great pride in being a world leader in medical research and being involved in international collaborations, all to help patients receive better treatments.

“Thanks to the funds raised through the Ride, our internationally renowned research teams, doctors and clinicians are able to develop new treatments and advance our understanding of diseases, which result in improved health in our community,” Professor Leedman added.

The annual two-day, 200km Ride touches the thousands of participants and their supporters and brings together communities of survivors, people who know cancer sufferers or who have lost a friend or family member to cancer.

Title sponsor MACA has the largest team of riders, this year with 250 on their bikes.

“Our employees, our community of friends and family members, have all been personally impacted by cancer and it is a continued honour to support the Perkins advancements in medical research in order to better the lives of cancer patients and support their mission to conquer cancer,” said Geoff Baker, of MACA.

“The Ride is testament to strength in numbers, and we congratulate fellow riders for their outstanding achievements in the seventh annual Ride. We look forward to this weekend every year and hope more people will join us 2019,” he said.

Team Woodside, the second largest team in this year’s Ride, have raised more than $1 million since the Ride commenced in 2012.

Riders sleep over in a tent city set up at Mandurah before riding back to Perth tomorrow.

“Sharing stories is a big part of the night camping out under the stars at Mandurah, as well as the massages and hot showers,” said Professor Peter Leedman.

Anyone who would like to donate to the Ride can visit www.conquercancer.org.au

“We encourage everyone to join us next year. Register today at our re-registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.org.au or call us at 1300 99 RIDE (7433),” he said.

Ride organisers expect thousands of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride route, visit

Day 1 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21722105 

Day 2 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21722119

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