15 October, 2016

THE MACA RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION RAISED AS 5TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australia’s largest cycling fundraising event draws 905 riders to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PERTH, 15 October, 2016 – The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® announced 905 riders helped raise over $4 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as the fifth annual Ride commenced on Saturday in Perth. Funds raised through the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia’s premier adult medical research institute.

“We are incredibly grateful of the continued support through the Ride, as we celebrate five years of tremendous success! A big thank you to the community of riders, crew members, volunteers, donors and sponsors for your dedication in raising crucial dollars to support our ground-breaking research,” said Professor Peter Leedman, Director at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“We have continued pride for being a world leader in medical research and it is our mission to conduct innovative research that translates into lasting health benefits for Western Australians. One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. Thanks to the funds raised through the Ride, our internationally renowned research teams, doctors and clinicians are delivering latest breakthroughs and advancing health benefits, which result in improved health of the community,” Professor Leedman added.

In five years, The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® has raised over $23.5 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The annual two-day, 200km Ride draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.

“My personal experience with cancer began after three of my siblings were diagnosed. My sister Beryl was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, my brother Eric was also diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, and my brother Alan was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer,” said participant Rex Heal, from Green Head.

“Sadly, both Alan and Eric lost their battles to this terrible disease. So, this is why I Ride. I ride because I believe it is important that we all contribute to this fight against cancer and to support the impact cancer has on not just the patient but their family as well. I hope that through every dollar raised, research at the Perkins will lessen the impact and severity of a cancer diagnosis for any Australian who receives one,” added Mr. Heal.

MACA is the title sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer®. Sponsorship funds donated by MACA allow dollars raised by Ride participants to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“Our employees, along with 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 fifth annual Ride. We look forward to this weekend every year and hope more people will join us 2017,” Geoff Baker added.

Ride organisers announced 21 and 22 October for the 2017 Ride and encouraged people of all athletic abilities to participate in the sixth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“We encourage everyone to join us in 2017. Register today at our re-registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.org.au or call us at 1300 99 RIDE (7433),” said Professor Leedman.

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

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