People with passion can change the world
In 2007, three mates – Geoff Coombes, Samantha Hollier-James and Gary Bertwistle – met up for a quiet coffee in Sydney.
They wanted to make a difference and decided to see what disease affected the most Australians. With 1 in 2 men and women affected by cancer by the age of 85, they decided to focus their efforts on helping to find a cure for cancer.
Cycling was becoming the new golf.
Geoff had ridden more than 5,800kms across America and it had inspired him to use his passion for riding to drive change. Gary was a former marathon runner who had just got into riding and knew all about endurance. Samantha had lost her beloved nan to bowel cancer and didn't want anyone else to lose their loved ones to the disease.
Riding to cure cancer
Drawing on their professional backgrounds in events, marketing and sponsorship, could they combine their skills and passion to create a life-changing bike ride here in Australia and raise money for pioneering cancer research?
“A lot of people have good ideas when they sit down. It’s pushing back from the coffee table and doing something about it.”
Gary Bertwistle, Co-Founder, Tour de Cure
Our very first Signature Tour
Geoff, Sam and Gary found 29 people willing to take up the cycling challenge. They rode for 10 days from Brisbane to Sydney, travelling 1,175km along the beautiful Australian coastline. Together they raised $308,677 for cancer research.
“The first ride was magic, innocent, altruistic, pure.”
Samantha Hollier-James, Co-Founder, Tour de Cure
Belief, passion and determination
Our first Signature Tour proved that when people with passion come together, they can make an incredible difference. It inspired us to continue. And thanks to the ongoing generosity of our supporters - individuals, families, corporate partners and the Australian community - we've covered a lot of ground in our mission to cure cancer since 2007.
"Cancer has stolen too many of our loved ones. We're determined to make this the last generation to die of this terrible disease."
Geoff Coombes, Co-Founder, Tour de Cure
Capturing Australia's imagination all the time
Our Signature Tour is now a 'bucket list' event for cyclists and raises more than $2.5 million each year. It's growing all the time.
Through our tours and events across Australia, we not only improve outcomes and quality of life for people affected by cancer, but we actively raise awareness that 1 in 3 cancers can be prevented.
We're not just riding to cure cancer, we're covering ground in other ways: walking, swimming, running and dancing. Our annual Snow Ball has become a firm fixture on the Sydney social calendar, raising more than $2.7 million for cancer projects.
It's humbling to see how far we've come
We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support, commitment and dedication of people like you.
Since 2007, we've raised more than $40 million, we've funded 322 cancer projects, we've achieved 24 significant cancer breakthroughs, and we've helped to raise awareness about cancer prevention to more than 100,000 school children across Australia.
We won't fail
We're on a mission to cure cancer and we've set ourselves some ambitious goals. We're growing and gaining momentum all the time.
We're proud that we're making a difference for those affected by cancer, for their families and carers, and for those we’ve already lost. We won't stop until all cancers are cured.
Be part of the movement towards change
Everyone can be part of the fight to cure cancer. If you want to make a difference, we'd love to hear from you.
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Signature Tours since 2007.
Take a ride through TDC history
It's funny, sad, uplifting and incredibly inspiring.
Find out more about our milestones over the years
"In Taree, a woman pushing a pram emptied her purse and donated $7. She said, we're very poor, but my grandmother died of cancer so I want to give you this."
Gary Bertwistle, Co-Founder Tour de Cure