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

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer today announced that in total $27.5m had been raised in the 6 years of the two day event.

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer supports ground-breaking work at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia's largest medical research institute investigating the major diseases affecting adults.

“This is the sixth 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 research many different cancer types, particularly the hard to treat cancers such as triple negative breast cancer, drug resistant melanoma, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, brain tumours”, he said.

“We are incredibly grateful to the continued support of everyone involved in the Ride. The community of riders, donors, volunteers, and sponsors make a significant difference to our research,” said Professor Peter Leedman, Director at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical 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 attracts 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.

“My motivation for doing the Ride is in the memory of my sister Lisa who recently passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 47, my father John who passed away from prostate cancer at the age of 49 and my best mate Adam Dean who recently passed away from bowel cancer at the age of 49,” said Mandurah rider Darren Hospital who rides with 100 strong Woodside team.

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

Title sponsor MACA has the largest team, with 275 riders.  This year they are riding in honour of team member Daniel Frost, who at the age of 33 died of bowel cancer in March.

“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 sixth annual Ride. We look forward to this weekend every year and hope more people will join us 2018,” Geoff Baker added.

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,” said Professor Peter Leedman.

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

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