25 October 2016
The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia will join thousands of cyclists next year, hitting the road for the 2017 Bupa Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser – Bupa Stage 4 of the Santos Tour Down Under.
Joined by a team of 12 riders, the Premier will form the Premier’s Peloton to Ride for a reason, aiming to raise $100,000 for Cancer Council SA, to support those affected by cancer.
Ride for a reason is a Cancer Council SA initiative that continues to give all cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to make their gruelling ride count when the public join the pros in January.
Going into its ninth year in 2017, Ride for a reason is free to sign-up for anyone registered for the Bupa Challenge Tour, on Friday 22 January.
The event gives cyclists the opportunity to dedicate their ride to a loved one who has been impacted by cancer—a disease that takes the lives of over 100,000 Australians each year.
Registrants can choose one of four starting points, each offering a different distance, to ensure cycling enthusiasts of all levels can take part.
Participants are encouraged to fundraise for the event with the money raised supporting Cancer Council’s work in the community including research grants conducted in South Australia, prevention programs such as childhood education of the dangers of UV exposure through the SunSmart Schools Program and vital support programs like Cancer Council’s Legal and Financial Assistance program to ease the burden of those going through treatment.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, says the Premier’s Peloton will make a big difference in allowing Cancer Council to continue to assist those affected by cancer.
“We thank the Premier for captaining the team and all those who have joined the Premier’s Peloton for their fundraising efforts and for bringing awareness to an event that makes a huge difference to those affected by cancer,” Mr Size said.
“Because of the continued efforts of all fundraisers who Ride for a reason, advances in research, prevention and support have contributed to the survival rate for many common cancers increasing by more than 25 per cent in the past 20 years.
“Since Ride for a reason was born in 2009, thousands of cyclists have raised over $3m – an incredible example of how each individual can make a difference.”
“We believe no one should go through a cancer diagnosis and treatment alone and events such as Ride for a reason are crucial in allowing us to continue to offer support to all those diagnosed,” Mr Size added.
To register simply go to rideforareason.com.au and make sure to also register at www.tourdownunder.com.au.
For information about cancer, contact a Cancer Council nurse on 13 11 20.
Four routes: Norwood – 157.5kms, Birdwood – 111kms, Mt Pleasant – 58km, Lobethal 30kms.
Premiers Peloton members include:
· The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australian
· Lincoln Size, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA
· Keith Conlon, Media personality, Cancer Council Ambassador
· Melvin Mansell, Editorial Director, News Corp Australia SA, WA, NT and Tasmania
· Nick Spyro, General Manager, Anderson Solicitors
· Warren Tredrea, media personality, Nine Network
· Will McDonald, media personality, Nine Network
· Brenton Ragless, media personality, Nine Network
· Donny Walford, Managing Director, Behind Closed Doors and Bottom Line
· Nathan van Berlo, former AFL player
· Jeff Ellison, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Sealink Travel Group
· Darren Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Foods
· Bill Le Blanc, Executive Director eHealth Systems & Chief Information Officer, SA Health