15 January 2019

Announcing inaugural SA Discovery Tour 2019

Funding cancer research for Flinders Foundation and UniSA

Tour de Cure (TdC) in partnership with Flinders Foundation and University of South Australia (UniSA), today proudly announce the inaugural SA Discovery Tour, which will see some 150 cyclists and support crew, riding more than 300km over three days from 24-26 May 2019, from Victor Harbor, across to Kangaroo Island aboard SeaLink.

The passionate team aims to raise over $300,000 to fund four major South Australian cancer research projects through Flinders Foundation and UniSA.

During the tour, the team will visit local schools and host community events aimed at promoting healthy cancer-smart lifestyles. TdC will also award three $10k community grants supporting organisations dealing with cancer in regional communities.

“We’d love to get as many people participating in this tour as possible, both riders and support crew,” Geoff Coombes, TdC Co-Founder and Director of Development, says. “We’re excited to be visiting the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island, the abundance of wildlife, and
it’s stunning beaches. We’ll get the chance to share our message with the local community and inspire them to make healthy lifestyle choices. Tour de Cure is proud to continue to raise funds for pioneering cancer research supported by Flinders Foundation and UniSA. To date we have awarded over $1.5million in research grants to South Australian research partners.

Mr Coombes continues, “Visiting Kangaroo Island is a bucket list item for many people and seeing it by bike will be an experience of a lifetime. We’re thrilled to have the support of SeaLink to get behind our inaugural SA Discovery Tour."

Sealink CEO, Jeff Ellison, is thrilled to support the SA Discovery Tour. Sealink will transport the 150 team members and their bikes, support crews and vehicles to and from Kangaroo Island. Mr Ellison is also participating on the Tour as a rider and is looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to support cancer research.

“This is a great cause,” Mr Ellison said. “Most people will be directly or indirectly affected by cancer at some stage during their life and if SeaLink can support efforts to find a cure by partnering with Tour de Cure, then we are delighted to help.”


Tour de Cure will host an information night in Adelaide this week to discuss the SA Discovery Tour.

Details:

What: SA Discovery Tour information night, drinks and light refreshments provided.
Join us with Mark Beretta (Sunrise Sports Host, and Channel 7 Commentator of the 2019
Tour Down Under) and Jens Voigt (former professional cyclist, and Commentator at 2019
Tour Down Under)
When: 6pm-7:30pm, Thursday 17th January 2019
Where: Lexus of Adelaide, 164 West Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
RSVP: Register your attendance here


MEDIA RELEASE
For immediate release: Tuesday 15 January 2019

SA Discovery Tour Sponsors:
SeaLink, Lexus of Adelaide, CMI Hino, Collins of Adelaide


Cancer funding in Australia and the Tour de Cure story
In 2017 the Federal government funded $174.8 million in cancer research through its NHMRC program, however this represents only 13-15% of requests made from Australian cancer researchers in that same year.


“Clearly there is a gap in how much research the government can fund, and that is why TdC exists. We raise money through personal and corporate donations for bike rides, walks, health challenges and gala events to fund much needed cancer research, prevention and support programs,” Mr Coombes, adds.


Over the last 12 years, TdC has raised over $45 million, funded 322 cancer projects, contributed to over 25 cancer advances or breakthroughs, and talked to over 110,000 school children about making healthy lifestyle decisions.

“While this sounds impressive, we are only able to fund a quarter of all cancer project grant applications made to us each year. We are determined to fund more, because we know that our funding allows the continuation of vital cancer research in Australia,” he exclaims.

Tour de Cure aims to keep Australians busily engaged in cancer research and hopes to reach its goal of $60 million by 2020.

“We couldn’t do it without the continued support from our corporate partners and donations by everyday Australians. We’ll only end cancer by working together to fund much needed research. And that’s something we can all come together to support,” Mr Coombes adds.


Resources
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