In an unusual display of group strength and cohesion, riders held bikes over their heads at Brisbane Square. Their pose mirrored the logo of Queensland Institute of Medical Research’s new event, the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer, which will raise valuable and much needed funds for groundbreaking cancer research.
The visual statement was followed by remarks from various speakers about the new cycling event.
Jane Seawright, Chair of the Ride, described the event, “The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer is an incredible two-day, 200 kilometre ride to raise money and awareness for cancer research at QIMR. It begins and ends in Brisbane and will go through Queensland’s scenic Somerset countryside. It is not a race. People of all shapes and sizes, all ages and from all abilities will come together in one amazing show of force. The event is fully supported from A to Z and, we believe, it can have a profound impact in the fight against cancer.”
Dr. David Whiteman, a renowned expert on melanoma and a researcher at QIMR, stressed the urgency of the situation saying, “One in two Aussies will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This staggering statistics requires bold action, now! My colleagues and I are doing our best, but, without funding for research, our work cannot continue. We need your help. Please join us for this remarkable event.”
Michelle Wykes, who survived a battle with breast cancer, was also present at the event. “I know firsthand the incredible pain and fear cancer causes in the person who is diagnosed as well as the toll on families and loved ones. I am one of the very lucky ones! As a scientist, I particularly understand how research has played in part in my diagnosis and successful treatment. Please register for this event, so that others do not have to go through what I and my family did.”
Brisbane is fast becoming a mecca of cycling. Indeed, QIMR believes the combination of the event, the region and the philanthropic spirit of Australians to be a great match. The time for action is now.
For more information and to register or donate visit www.conquercancer.org.au or call 1300 11 RIDE (1300 11 7433).