15 May 2019

Launching inaugural SA Discovery Tour 2019

Funding cancer research for Flinders Foundation and UniSA

Tour de Cure (TdC) in partnership with Flinders Foundation and UniSA, are about to launch the inaugural SA Discovery Tour, which will see some 110 cyclists and support crew, riding more than 300km over three days from 24-26 May 2019, from Victor Harbour, across to Kangaroo Island aboard SeaLink.

The passionate team aims to raise over $500,000 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 $10k community grants supporting organisations dealing with cancer in regional communities.

“We’re excited to be visiting the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island, the abundance of wildlife, and it’s stunning beaches” Geoff Coombes, TdC Co-Founder and Director of Development, said.

“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 to support the pioneering cancer research of the 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 110 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.”

SA Discovery Tour Sponsors:
SeaLink, Sensis, Lexus of Adelaide, CMV Group, CMI Hino, Collins Transport, PacLease

Cancer funding in Australia and the Tour de Cure story
In 2017 the Federal government funded $174.8Million 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, added.

Over the last 12 years, TdC has raised over $50Million, funded 432 cancer projects, contributed to over 26 cancer advances or breakthroughs, and talked to over 120,000 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 exclaimed.

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


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FACTS AND STATS

About Tour de Cure
We cover ground to cure cancer. Through our inspirational, challenging and fun cycling tours and events, we fund the world-class cancer projects that will have the biggest impact.

Since 2007, we've raised more than $50 million, we've funded 432 cancer projects, we've achieved 26 significant cancer breakthroughs, and we've helped to raise awareness about cancer prevention to more than 120,000 school children across Australia.

2019 Route & Schedule

  1. Fri 24 May Victor Harbor Kingscote. Ride: 122kms 1,280m Challenge: 145kms 1,420m
  2. Sat 25 May Kingscote Kingscote. Ride: 108kms 580m Challenge: 118kms 720m
  3. Sun 26 May Kingscote Victor Harbor. Ride:  122kms 1,280m Challenge:140kms 1,520m

Team on Tour – 107 people
Riders - 70
Support Crew – 37

Route Details
Ride: 619kms, 3,140m elevation
Challenge: 403kms, 3,660m elevation

SA Discovery Tour Fundraising Target
2019 Target - $500,000

2019 School Visits
500 school children will take part in the Tour de Cure 'BE FIT, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY' cancer education experience.

Cancer Projects & Grants
Community groups in Victor Harbor and Kingscote will be presented with a $10,000 donation to support local cancer services..

Call to Action
You can show your support and help cure cancer by donating to Tour de Cure at www.tourdecure.com.au

Follow the Tour on social media:
Twitter @tourdecure
Facebook @TourdeCureAustralia
Instagram @tourdecureaus
LinkedIn @tourdecureaustralia

Media Contact:
Sally Heginbotham, Digital Marketing Manager,
Tour de Cure
E: sally@tourdecure.com.au
M: 0410 634 462

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