24 January 2014
Thousands of riders will take off for the Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Challenge Tour today, including more than 450 people who are dedicating their ride to beating cancer.
As part of Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason, the riders - who are covering distances between 33km to 154.5km - have already raised more than $400,000 for vital cancer research.
His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia, accompanied by Premier Jay Weatherill and business leaders, has also been training with a new team of ten this year.
This group of leading South Australians, the ‘Governor’s 10’, have come together to fundraise and encourage other cyclists at all levels of experience to join them in riding for a reason.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson, who is also taking part in the ride as part of the Governor’s 10 team, says the money raised will help save lives.
“At Cancer Council SA, we believe that together we will beat cancer,” Professor Wilson says.
“By making their ride count and riding for a reason, these cyclists are helping fund critical cancer research through Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project, which deals with all aspects of cancer.
“Thanks to cancer research over the last 20 years, we are making progress. We have seen cancer death rates fall and survival rates significantly increase.
“It is important we continue to support cancer researchers, who are responsible for many lives that have been saved, extended or improved thanks to their research breakthroughs. Hopefully one day we won’t need to Ride for a reason.”
Look out for Cancer Council SA volunteers dressed in yellow at all stages of the Tour, offering free sunscreen.
If you’re not already supporting Ride for a reason, you can also make a donation to our volunteers and help join the fight.
Support Ride for a reason at rideforareason.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.