100 cyclists endured the elements to cure kids’ cancer
April 9, 2014
On Friday 4 April, close to 100 keen cyclists put foot to pedal at Sydney Motor Sport Park, Eastern Creek in an incredible display of endurance to cure kids’ cancer.
The first ever Endure for a Cure cycle event saw 16 teams of six take on the challenging task of completing as many laps of the 3.93 km Gardner GP Circuit as possible within 12 hours, raising close to $190,000 for Children’s Cancer Institute.
Overall event champions and winners of a Trek Madone 3.1 were Team Green from Bartercard, who raised more than $42,000 and completed 442 laps.
Other teams who took on the raceway at Eastern Creek included some of our dedicated corporate partners – Alstom (the Alstom Grid Megawatts and Team Alstom), Electrolux (the Electrolites), Brickworks and Clayton Utz.
“We’re extremely proud of the success of this inaugural event – the electric atmosphere at Eastern Creek on Friday is testament to the Institute’s culture, values and commitment – shared by our staff, volunteers and supporters,” said Anne Johnston, Head of Fundraising, Children’s Cancer Institute.
Leukaemia survivor, six-year-old Tilly Buttini, visited the track to cheer on the riders along with her sister Ruby and father Marco – who completed a few laps of the track himself while his daughters cheered him on.
“The support of teams like those who participated in Endure for a Cure is making a very real difference to kids like Tilly,” continued Anne. “Without it, we simply could not conduct the vital research that we know will one day cure childhood cancer.”
From sunrise to sunset, teams braved heat, rain, fatigue and pain to raise funds for Children’s Cancer Institute’s vital research. A team of dedicated supporters and sponsors generously donated a range of products and services to help our cyclists complete the challenge:
“We truly value the devotion of every single team who took on this gruelling challenge – and look forward to a bigger and better Endure for a Cure event next year!”
For all event category winners and individual lap results, please visit endureforacure.org.au.
About Children’s Cancer Institute
Originally founded by two fathers of children with cancer in 1976, Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to research into the causes, prevention and cure of childhood cancer. Forty years on, our vision remains unchanged – to save the lives of all children with cancer and to eliminate their suffering. The Institute has grown to now employ more than 220 researchers, operational staff and students, and has established a national and international reputation for scientific excellence.
Our focus is on translational research, and we have an integrated team of laboratory researchers and clinician scientists who work together in partnership to discover new treatments which can be progressed from the lab bench to the beds of children on wards in our hospitals as quickly as possible. These new treatments are specifically targeting childhood cancers, so we can develop safer and more effective drugs and drug combinations that will minimise side-effects and ultimately give children with cancer the best chance of a cure with the highest possible quality of life.
We are currently leading the establishment of the Zero Childhood Cancer national child cancer personalised medicine program for children with the most aggressive cancers, in partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. This program will revolutionise the way treatment decisions are made, with the aim of improving survivorship for those children at highest risk of treatment failure from their disease.