Tour de Cure is proud and delighted to have three (3) recipients of the Order of Australia Medal:
Geoff Coombes OAM, Co-Founder and Business Development Director.
Bruno Maurel OAM, Founding and Current Chairman.
Mark Beretta OAM, Board Member, Rider and Seven Network Presenter.
These are the first ever Tour de Cure (TDC) members to receive such honours, recognising their years of relentless work in funding cancer research, support and prevention.
Geoff Coombes was one of the original founders of Tour de Cure and continues to work within the organisation, creating innovative fundraising opportunities, leading challenging rides and recruiting new riders and volunteers. “When we started in 2007, we had less than 30 Riders & Support crew believing we could make a difference, I never would have imagined we would grow to be a nationwide community of tens of thousands of people, capable of raising well in excess of $10-million dollars a year to help find cures for cancer, and thereby change lives. I am so proud of our entire team and accept this honour on behalf of all our team Australia-wide.”
Bruno Maurel has been the chairman of TDC since its inception and has been instrumental in steering its growth into a crucial funding organisation for cancer cures. “This award is for all our Tour de Cure family and generous corporate sponsors who have tirelessly stood by us in the fight against cancer. To have raised in excess of $68 Million in our first 14 years, funded over 554 projects by Australia’s best researchers, and delivered 48 World Class Cancer breakthroughs, is a dream come true! I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve our Tour de Cure family and thank our Board Members and Committee Leaders who have supported and inspired me. We have so much more to do.”
Mark Beretta joined Tour de Cure as a rider 12 years ago, and a year later was appointed to the Board of the charity. Since then, he has completed 12 Tour de Cure annual rides and covered tens of thousands of kilometres around Australia, much of it followed by Seven’s Sunrise program, connecting the TDC to millions of Australians. “Tour de Cure is the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m humbled and proud to receive this honour, on behalf of our hard-working team across Australia. I’m most proud of the 170,000 school kids we’ve visited and talk with about our Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy message. Each one of them has taken that message home to their families and friends and shared with them how a healthier lifestyle can help prevent cancer. To share this honour with Geoff and Bruno, two people who I have huge admiration for, is just fantastic!”
Tour de Cure raises funds to help find cures for cancer through cycling tours, gala events, and corporate programs that engage staff and partners. Tens of thousands of Australians volunteer or support Tour de Cure, with the goal of curing cancer and changing lives.