Can riding a mountain bike 1000km through outback Australia help end childhood cancer? Yes, when it’s the 2018 Ride for Lily.

Extreme heat, flies, dust, aching bodies, bruises, exhaustion. These were some of the challenges faced during this year’s annual fundraising event, the Ride for Lily. But there was also courage, support, new friendships, laughter, and determination. Determination to make a difference for children affected by cancer, by raising vital funds to support our research.

The course

This year’s ride was the most ambitious and gruelling one yet – a 1,000km mountain bike ride via the Oodnadatta Track to Uluru. Starting at William Creek in South Australia on 3 April, the 6-day ride included the legendary Oodnadatta Track taking in Oodnadatta, then heading north to the indigenous community of Finke and Yulara, before finishing at Uluru on 8 April.

bike riders on outback road during Ride for Lily
Riding through the harsh outback conditions by day
Ride for Lily riders with lights on bikes at night
...and by night

You can read all about the highs and lows, the challenges and triumphs, on the Live for Lily Facebook page.

Live for Lily

The Live for Lily foundation was established to honour Lily Hester, who was diagnosed with an extremely rare liver cancer in 2013. Following her sad passing in 2014, her parents created Live for Lily to raise awareness and funds that will go directly towards our research. It’s a not-for-profit foundation committed to ensuring that we see an end to childhood cancer.

Lily fought bravely, and was an inspiration to all.

Lily with her dad Aaron and mum Sianne
Lily with her dad Aaron and mum Sianne

Aaron and Sianne Hester founded Live for Lily together. In a cruel twist of fate, Sianne passed away due to a rare form of breast cancer nearly two years ago. Aaron’s commitment to Live for Lily continues undiminished.

Ride for Lily and the Butterfly Ball

Aaron was one of the riders who undertook the gruelling journey to Uluru. The fundraising goal for Ride for Lily was $100,000. On the 6th and final day they had raised over $105,000. Find out about the other riders and see how much each has raised.

Another fundraising event organised by Live for Lily is the Butterfly Ball. This event, which was an overwhelming success last year and attended by 600 people, will take place on Saturday 16 June 2018 at Crown Palladium, Melbourne. Tickets are now on sale.

Find out more about the Butterfly Ball.

Top image: Jumping for joy after completing the Ride for Lily



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