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15 October, 2016

THE MACA RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION RAISED AS 5TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australia's largest cycling fundraising event draws 905 riders to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PERTH, 15 October, 2016 - The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® announced 905 riders helped raise over $4 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as the fifth annual Ride commenced on Saturday in Perth. Funds raised through the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia's premier adult medical research institute.

“We are incredibly grateful of the continued support through the Ride, as we celebrate five years of tremendous success! A big thank you to the community of riders, crew members, volunteers, donors and sponsors for your dedication in raising crucial dollars to support our ground-breaking research,” said Professor Peter Leedman, Director at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“We have continued pride for being a world leader in medical research and it is our mission to conduct innovative research that translates into lasting health benefits for Western Australians. One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. Thanks to the funds raised through the Ride, our internationally renowned research teams, doctors and clinicians are delivering latest breakthroughs and advancing health benefits, which result in improved health of the community,” Professor Leedman added.

In five years, The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® has raised over $23.5 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The annual two-day, 200km Ride draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.

“My personal experience with cancer began after three of my siblings were diagnosed. My sister Beryl was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, my brother Eric was also diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, and my brother Alan was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer,” said participant Rex Heal, from Green Head.

“Sadly, both Alan and Eric lost their battles to this terrible disease. So, this is why I Ride. I ride because I believe it is important that we all contribute to this fight against cancer and to support the impact cancer has on not just the patient but their family as well. I hope that through every dollar raised, research at the Perkins will lessen the impact and severity of a cancer diagnosis for any Australian who receives one,” added Mr. Heal.

MACA is the title sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer®. Sponsorship funds donated by MACA allow dollars raised by Ride participants to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“Our employees, along with our community of friends and family members, have all been personally impacted by cancer and it is a continued honour to support the Perkins advancements in medical research in order to better the lives of cancer patients and support their mission to conquer cancer,” said Geoff Baker, of MACA.

“The Ride is testament to strength in numbers, and we congratulate fellow riders for their outstanding achievements in the fifth annual Ride. We look forward to this weekend every year and hope more people will join us 2017,” Geoff Baker added.

Ride organisers announced 21 and 22 October for the 2017 Ride and encouraged people of all athletic abilities to participate in the sixth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“We encourage everyone to join us in 2017. Register today at our re-registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.org.au or call us at 1300 99 RIDE (7433),” said Professor Leedman.

Ride organisers expect thousands of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride route, visit www.conquercancer.org.au

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Bianca Swapshire
Communications Coordinator
0429 204 586
bswapshire@conquercancer.org.au

October 17, 2015

THE MACA RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ANNOUNCES $4.5 MILLION RAISED AS 4TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australia’s largest cycling fundraising event draws 1,032 riders to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PERTH, 17 October, 2015 The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® announced 1,032 riders helped raise $4.5 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as the fourth annual Ride commenced on Saturday in Perth. Funds raised through the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia's premier adult medical research institute.

“The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer is a testament to strength in numbers. We are incredibly grateful to the community of riders, crew members, volunteers, donors and sponsors who have made the fourth annual Ride to an overwhelming success,” said Professor Peter Leedman, Director at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is on a mission to improve the health of Western Australians through cutting-edge research that translates into new ways to prevent and treat disease. Ride generated dollars support our world-leading doctors, researchers, scientists and clinicians and provides state-of the-art equipment required for vital cancer research programs improving the health of Western Australians,” Professor Leedman added.

In four years, The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® has raised over $19.5 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The annual two-day, 200km Ride draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.

“I went to the emergency department with what I thought was simply a broken arm but tumours were found in my arm, hip and neck and I was also diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma,” said participant Emmanuel Mollois, from Jolimont.

“I underwent eight cycles of chemotherapy, followed by rounds of shots and a collection of stem cells. I am proud to be participating in The Ride and cycling along my teammates to support cancer research. We always think it will happen to other people until it happens to us. I believe it is important that we all do our part to support and help as many people as we can. Life is full of surprises, so research needs as much funding as possible in order to detect cancer earlier, for a better chance of survival,” Mr. Mollois added.

MACA is the title sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer® and their team of 300 riders raised over $1.2 million for the 2015 Ride in Perth. Sponsorship funds donated by MACA allow dollars raised by Ride participants to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“The Ride is about our journey to support the community in conquering cancer as we have all been affected by cancer in one way or another. As able bodied persons, we owe it to our community to make a difference,” said Geoff Baker, of MACA.

“It is very humbling to see so many people come together for a common cause and we proudly support The Perkins’ mission to conquer a disease which affects Australians every day. We are celebrating the success of this year and hope more people will join us in 2016,” Geoff Baker added.

Ride organisers announced 15 & 16 October for the 2016 Ride and encouraged people of all athletic abilities to participate in the fifth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“We encourage everyone to join us in 2016. Register today at our re-registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.org.au or call us at 1300 99 RIDE (7433).”

Ride organisers expect thousands of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride route, visit www.conquercancer.org.au.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Bianca Swapshire
Communications Coordinator
0478 035 260
bswapshire@conquercancer.org.au

October 18, 2014

THE SUNSUPER RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ANNOUNCES $5.2 MILLION RAISED AS 3RD ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australia's largest cycling fundraising event draws 1,311 riders and helps support groundbreaking cancer research at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PERTH, 18 October, 2014 The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer® announced 1,311 riders helped raise over $5.2 million for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as the third annual Ride commenced on Saturday in Perth. Funds raised through Western Australia’s largest cycling fundraising event, supports ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia's premier adult medical research institute.

“We extend our gratitude to the riders, volunteers, crew members, donors and sponsors who are responsible for making the third annual Ride to Conquer Cancer a success,” said Professor Peter Leedman, Director at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia, as one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. Funds raised through The Ride ensure sustainability for groundbreaking research, along with supporting new cancer research projects, purchasing new equipment and supporting our cancer research teams. With the continued funding through The Ride, the generous community is supporting our vision, to be a world leader in medical research, driven by the knowledge that medical research will continue to accelerate the delivery of the latest breakthroughs to Western Australians and result in improved health of the community,” Professor Leedman added.

In three years, The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $15 million for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The annual two-day, 200km Ride draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.

“I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma on my 24th birthday in June of 2012,” said 26 year-old Louise Wheeler, a second-year participant from Merriwa, in Perth’s northern suburbs.

“After three months of chemotherapy, I then had surgery followed by a further nine months of chemotherapy. Since this I have had no signs of recurrence! This year I am riding alongside my husband, in support of cancer research, as I feel it’s important that people who are fighting this terrible disease have the opportunity to get better and this can be done if more money is raised to fund the critical research. Everyone who is considering donating should really try to spare even the smallest amount of money, as every cent helps,” Mrs. Wheeler added.

Ride organisers announced 17th & 18th October for the 2015 Ride and encouraged people of all athletic abilities to participate in the fourth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“We encourage everyone to join us next year for the fourth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer,” said Professor Leedman.

"Register today at our 2015 registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.org.au or call us on 1300 99 RIDE (7433).”

Ride organisers expect thousands of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.org.au.

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ABOUT THE HARRY PERKINS INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH: Our mission is to improve the health of Western Australians through cutting edge research that translates into new ways to prevent and treat disease. The research at the Perkins focuses on the major diseases that face Western Australians today including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The cancers under study include breast, prostate, melanoma, colon, head and neck, liver and leukaemia. For more information visit perkins.org.au.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Bianca Swapshire
Communications Coordinator
1300 99 7433
bswapshire@conquercancer.org.au

October 19, 2013

THE SUNSUPER RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER RAISES $5.2 MILLION FOR THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH

Australia's largest fundraising event series draws 1,336 riders in WA to support life-saving cancer research at WAIMR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 19th (Perth): The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer announced 1,336 Riders raised $5.2 million for the Western Australian Institute for Medial Research (WAIMR) as the second annual Ride commenced Saturday in Perth. Funds raised through Australia’s largest fundraising event series support world-leading cancer research programs at WAIMR.

“We send our thanks and gratitude to this amazing community of riders, sponsors, crew members, staff, volunteers and thousands who have donated and helped to make our 2nd annual Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer a remarkable success for the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research,” said Professor Peter Klinken, Director of WAIMR.

“Our mission at WAIMR is to improve the health of the community we serve across the state, nation and globe. A staggering one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and this year over 43,000 Australians will die from the disease, and over 115,000 new cases will be diagnosed. Funds raised through The Ride currently power ground-breaking cancer research here in Western Australia. As a result, we are improving treatments, diagnosis and therapies, which is leading to better patient outcomes for all Australians,” Professor Klinken added.

In two years, The Ride raised over $9.8 million for WAIMR. The Ride draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate in the annual two-day, 200 km journey through WA.

“I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2007 and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, also known as ‘ALL,’ in June of 2012,” said Stewart Roberts of Padbury, a first-year-rider.

“When I completed treatment in February I could not walk more than 250m unaided. I wanted to repair my body after the ravages of this disease and treatment. I also want to do what I can to spare others what I have endured. I live with daily uncertainty about whether the ALL will return, and I hope WAMIR's research will lessen the impact and severity of a cancer diagnosis for any Australian who receives one,” Mr. Roberts added.

In 2012 Sunsuper became the event title sponsor for the “Ride to Conquer Cancer.”

“Funding for cancer research is vital for all Australians to both prevent the disease and help ensure the people who are diagnosed have the best options available to beat it,” said Craig Godfrey, Sunsuper spokesperson.

“Our community of 1.2 million members and over 650 employees are behind and fully support WAIMR and the life-saving research underway by their world-leading doctors and researchers. Just about every one of us has or will be affected by cancer, so for everyone here today this is personal. We are honored and inspired participate in incredible effort,” Mr. Godfrey added.

Professor Klinken said event sponsorship and corporate involvement helps the overall effort to make substantial impact on cancer in WA. He recognized MACA Limited, The Ride’s powered by sponsor, which mobilized 230 employees to raise over $1 million this year.

“The generous contributions from each sponsor is very important, and help us to offset the event costs so more funds raised can directly support our cancer program. We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors for their support,” Professor Klinken added.

Registration for the 2014 Ride opened on Saturday. The 3rd annual Ride will be held October 18th & 19th of next year in WA.

“We hope everyone here today will register now and join us in 2014 for our 3rd annual Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer,” said Professor Klinken.

“For more information and to register, go to www.conquercancer.org.au or phone 1300 99 RIDE (7433),” Professor Klinken concluded as thousands of riders cheered and the 2013 Ride commenced.

Ride organizers expect hundreds of people to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of The Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.org.au.

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ABOUT THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH: WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community it serves - across the state, nation and globe. Its research aims to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge. The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with cancer (especially pancreatic, liver, breast, ovarian and prostate) and leukaemias (cancers of blood cells). More information can be found at waimr.uwa.edu.au.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kate McCabe, Communications Manager
The Ride To Conquer Cancer
0425 696 826
kmccabe@conquercancer.org.au

June 12, 2013

The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer Celebrates Second Annual Epic Impact Day in Western Australia

State-wide fundraising effort by The Ride community surges donations on a single day in support of life-saving cancer research at Western Australian Institute for Medical Research in Perth.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 12, 2013 (Perth): The Sunsuper Ride To Conquer Cancer celebrated its second annual “Epic Impact Day” in Western Australia on Wednesday. The state-wide fundraising initiative cancer survivors, cyclists and their supporters surged donations in support of life-saving cancer research at Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) in Perth.

“Funds raised through The Ride are put to use immediately right here in Western Australia supporting vital research programs at WAIMR ,” said Professor Peter Klinken, Director of the Institute.

“This year 43,000 deaths will be attributed to cancer in Australia while over 115,000 new cases will be diagnosed. WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community we serve across the state, nation and globe. We are on a mission to conquer this disease and Epic Impact Day mobilizes The Ride community to unite and make substantial impact in support of this mission. We hope all Australians will support our riders by making a donation at donation by calling 1300 99 RIDE (7433) or by visiting www.conquercancer.org.au,” Professor Klinken added.

Last year, The Ride raised over $4.6 million for WAIMR making it the largest cycling fundraising event in the state’s history. The annual two-day, 200 km Ride draws thousands of participants from across the state and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise together for months in order to participate.

“I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2010,” said Belinda Povah of Western Australia, who is riding for the first time.

"My Brother took part in the ride last year and when I watched him come over the finish line, I knew I wanted to challenge myself to do this too. Surviving cancer was a challenge assigned to me that I didn't choose. This is a challenge I have chosen for myself and it feels so good to be healthy enough to do it,” Mrs. Povah added.

The 2013 Ride will take place on October 19th & 20th of this year through picturesque Western Australia from Perth to Pinjarra and back. There will be an overnight camp in Pinjarra where participants will enjoy pre-pitched tents, hot meals, hot showers, massages, entertainment and other festive activities.

To donate, register or access more information, visit www.conquercancer.org.au or call 1300 99 RIDE (7433).

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ABOUT THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH:

WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community it serves - across the state, nation and globe. Its research aims to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge. The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with diseases such as cancer especially breast, ovarian and prostate and leukemia, which are cancers of the blood system. More information can be found at www.waimr.uwa.edu.au

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kate McCabe
Communications Manager The Ride To Conquer Cancer
p. 0425 696 826
akmccabe@conquercancer.org.au

March 20, 2013

WESTERN AUSTRALIA CANCER SURVIVORS AND CYCLISTS REGISTER FOR 2ND ANNUAL SUNSUPER RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ON «GEAR UP DAY»

The state's largest single fundraising event supports life-saving cancer research and clinical trials at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research in Perth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Perth, March 20, 2013) Cancer supporters and cyclists across Western Australia registered for the Sunsuper Ride To Conquer Cancer today as part of the event’s “Gear Up Day.” Funds raised through Western Australia’s largest single fundraising event support life-saving cancer research and clinical trials at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research in Perth.

“Gear Up Day commences the 2013 launch of our 2nd annual Sunsuper Ride To Conquer Cancer here in Western Australia,” said Professor Peter Klinken, Director of WAIMR.

“This year 43,000 deaths will be attributed to cancer in Australia while over 115,000 new cases will be diagnosed. Funds raised through The Ride enable our researchers and doctors to continue world-class cancer research programs and clinical trials right here in Western Australia. Today, we are calling for all Australian’s to ask their friends, family members and colleagues to register for The Ride by calling 1300 99 RIDE (7433) or by visiting www.conquercancer.org.au,” Professor Klinken added.

Last year, The Ride raised over $4.6 million for the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research making it the largest single fundraising event in state history. The annual two-day, 200 km Ride draws thousands of participants from across the state and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise together for months in order to participate.

“Last year I lost my beloved father to bowel cancer,” said Abdul-Rouf Mohamed-Isa of Perth, WA. “Although I was a bit hesitant to initially register, I knew I just had to do it. I am honoured to take part in honour of my dad,” Mr. Mohamed-Isa added. The 2013 Ride in Western Australia will take place on October 19th & 20th of this year. Australians can register or get more information by visiting www.conquercancer.org.au or calling 1300 99 RIDE (7433).

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ABOUT THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH:
WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community it serves - across the state, nation and globe. Its research aims to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge. The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with diseases such as leukaemia, diabetes, cancer (especially breast, ovarian and prostate), as well as those contributing to a number of nerve, muscle and mental health disorder. More information can be found at www.waimr.uwa.edu.au

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kate McCabe
Communications Manager The Ride to Conquer Cancer
p. 0425 696 826
kmccabe@conquercancer.org.au

October 20, 2012

THE SUNSUPER RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ANNOUNCES $4.6 MILLION RAISED AS INAUGURAL RIDE BEGINS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Largest cycling fundraiser in Western Australia's history draws 1,219 Riders and helps fund life-saving cancer research at Western Australian Institute for Medical Research in Perth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 20th (Perth): The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer announced 1,219 Riders raised over $4.6 million for the Western Australian Institute for Medial Research (WAIMR) as the first annual Ride commenced Saturday morning at McCallum Park in Perth. Ride participants will cycle over 200 km through Western Australia with an overnight camp in Pinjarra before returning to Perth for a highly emotional finish on Sunday.

“We are thrilled with our first annual Sunsuper Ride To Conquer Cancer and most grateful to everyone involved including all our riders, sponsors, crew members, volunteers and thousands who have generously donated to help make this inaugural Ride an incredible success for the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research,” said Professor Peter Klinken, Director or WAIMR.

“The Western Australian Institute for Medical Research is dedicated to improving the health of the community we serve across the state, nation and globe. One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and this year alone, 43,000 deaths will be attributed to cancer in Australia while over 115,000 new cases will be diagnosed. Funds raised by The Ride are already being put to use funding ground-breaking cancer research here in Western Australia, which is helping to improve treatments, diagnosis and therapies, leading to better patient outcomes for all Australians,” Professor Klinken added.

2012 is the inaugural Ride in WA, which became the largest cycling fundraiser Western Australia’s history. The Ride draws thousands of participants from across Australia and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate in the annual two-day journey through WA.

"I was pregnant with our second child when my husband Andrew was diagnosed with his second bout of cancer,” said Karen Cheng of Perth, WA.

"Watching someone you love go through cancer makes you feel completely helpless, but The Ride has given me a means to actually impact a cause that helped saved my husband life. Today, thankfully he is cancer free and we have three healthy boys, but we worry the cancer will come back. If he can battle and beat cancer twice, then I can raise funds and ride the 200km to support the research that will one day help someone else,” Mrs. Cheng added.

Ride dollars are put to use immediately at WAIMR supporting a range of cancer research initiatives that aim to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of the disease. “Our teams have identified numerous genes associated with cancers such as leukaemia, breast, ovarian and prostate, as well as those contributing to a number of nerve, muscle and mental health disorders,” says Professor Peter Leedman, Deputy Director at WAIMR.

“These breakthroughs have already positively impacted the lives of many people and inspire us to pursue these vital research initiatives. Funds raised in real time by The Ride, enable this life-saving research to carry on and support our teams in developing plans for our people, research, programs and new platforms,” Professor Leedman added.

The “Ride to Conquer Cancer” became known as the “Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer” when one of Australia’s largest super funds, Sunsuper became the event title sponsor.

“Cancer research, specifically, genetic and environmental causes of the disease need more funding and is paramount for all Australians in both preventing cancer and ensuring a better outcome for those who are having it,” said Tony Lally, CEO of Sunsuper.

“Sunsuper’s 1.2 million members and 650 staff fully support WAIMR and the life-saving research they are taking on. Nearly all of us have been affected by cancer in some way, so for many of us The Ride is quite personal. We are honored and inspired by their world-class teams and the life-saving work they do for all people,” Mr. Lally added.

Professor Klinken said event sponsorship is a vital component to any charitable initiative and is thrilled by the contributions from all event sponsors such as Sunsuper or WA’s MACA Limited, which rallied more than 100 members of its workforce along with friends and family to raised over $500K, in addition to their event sponsorship.

“The contributions from our event sponsors are critical, and help us pay for the cost of the event. This enables us to allocate more Ride-funded dollars into our latest research initiatives. We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors for their generous support,” Professor Klinken added.

Registration for the 2013 Ride opened on Saturday and the 2nd annual event will be held October 19th & 20th of next year in WA.

“We invite everyone to join us next year for our second annual Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer,” said Professor Klinken.

“For more information and to register, go to www.conquercancer.org.au or phone 1300 99 RIDE (7433),” Professor Klinken concluded as thousands of riders cheered and the 2012 Ride commenced.

Ride organizers expect hundreds of people to attend public cheering stations along the route.

For a map of The Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.org.au.

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ABOUT THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH:
WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community it serves - across the state, nation and globe. Its research aims to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge. The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with diseases such as leukaemia, diabetes, cancer (especially breast, ovarian and prostate), as well as those contributing to a number of nerve, muscle and mental health disorder. More information can be found at www.waimr.uwa.edu.au

MEDIA CONTACT:
Gary D. Turner
Communications Director, The Ride To Conquer Cancer
Mobile: 0467 808 576
gturner@conquercancer.org.au

June 15, 2012

THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER RAISES HALF A MILLION DOLLARS NATIONALLY AS PART OF ANNUAL EPIC IMPACT DAY FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE

Innovative use of digital and traditional fundraising efforts mobilized riders to secure donations in Perth

For Immediate Release: (PERTH - June 15, 2012) The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer announced that it raised half a million dollars for cancer institutes across Australia as part of its annual Epic Impact Day efforts, which challenged all registered Riders to secure at least one donation on or before June 13th. Ride staffers leveraged innovative digital media strategies, and massive outreach efforts to mobilize thousands of registered participants to secure donations in Perth.

“Epic Impact Day was a huge step towards raising much-needed funds for WAIMR’s life-saving cancer research,” said Professor Peter Klinken, Director of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR), beneficiary of the Perth Ride.

“WAIMR is dedicated to cancer research, care and treatment. The discovery of the SLIRP gene could lead to breakthroughs in breast and prostate cancer, as well as diabetes and has the potential to shut down oestrogen in breast cancer cells and testosterone in prostate cancer cells. The Scott Kirkbride Melanoma Research Centre (SKMRC) would like to see an integrated melanoma clinical research and treatment center established for melanoma patients in Western Australia,” he added.

A first of its kind in Australian fundraising, The Ride held open town-hall style discussions on the social networking site Twitter on its annual Epic Impact Day. The Ride Twitter handle conversed, or “Tweeted” in real time with Twitter pages called “handles” of media personalities while their followers tuned in and occasionally engaged in the discussion. Charlie Pickering, co-host of The Project on Network TEN, The Bunch from Mix 94.5fm and Jenna Clarke, a leading columnist at WA Today, were the main participants in the discussions in Perth.

The dialogue was candid and covered a range of topics including The Ride, impacts funds will make here in Perth and cycling tips. Pickering, The Bunch and Clarke all cited their reasons for supporting The Ride, saying any initiative that raises money for WAIMR is one that will most certainly make a substantial difference in the lives of cancer patients here in Perth.

Jenna Clarke told her followers that she is so taken with the life-saving work being done at WAIMR, and the positive results their research has on cancer sufferers, that she has registered to participate in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer herself so that she can make a contribution.

“The Twitter Town Halls were pretty cool,” said registered Perth Rider Paul Magiatis. “I tuned in and thought they were really interesting and informative. WAIMR does excellent work when it comes to researching cancer and developing treatments and I’m registered to ride because contributing to their work by raising money will eventually save people’s lives.”

The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer is a historic, two-day cycling event to raise funds for cancer research and care at the WA Institute for Medical Research. Set to take place on October 20-21, the route will take participants over 200km along picturesque parts of WA’s coastline and bring together communities of survivors, Riders and supporters for one common goal: to conquer cancer.

“There is still a lot of work to be done and we invite everyone to join us for the inaugural Ride in Perth this October. Register now at www.conquercancer.org.au or call 1300 99 7433,” said Klinken.

About the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research
WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community it serves - across the state, nation and globe. Its research aims to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge. The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with diseases such as leukaemia, diabetes, cancer (especially breast, ovarian and prostate), as well as those contributing to a number of nerve, muscle and mental health disorder. More information can be found at www.waimr.uwa.edu.au.

About the Ride To Conquer Cancer
During one epic weekend, on October 13-14, thousands of men and women will unite for a history making event. They’ll cycle over 200 kilometres in two days to raise money for cancer research, treatment and care. With one in two Australians developing cancer in their lifetime, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has become a powerful call to action for cancer patients, survivors and their supporters. The Ride begins with an Opening Ceremony on the Saturday morning and finishes on the Sunday. Thousands of Riders will cover approximately 100 kilometres each day, travelling at their own pace. Riders will be supported by hundreds of volunteers and crew members, providing meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the course, comprehensive medical services and an overnight campsite complete with tents, hot showers and entertainment. For more information, visit www.conquercancer.org.au

Brian Lowe | Public Relations Manager Australia
(o) 1300 450 936 | (m) 0414 460 618
blowe@conquercancer.org.au

March 21, 2012

THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER EXPANDS ANNUAL "GEAR UP DAY" ACROSS AUSTRALIA

People Australia Wide Registering For The Ride In Support Of Ending Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(BRISBANE March 21, 2012) - The Ride To Conquer Cancer, which began in Brisbane last year, expanded its annual “Gear Up Day” to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Wednesday by calling for cancer survivors, supporters and cyclists from these and surrounding communities to register for The Ride.

The four separate Rides, set to take place in August and October this year are each over 200km and will take participants of all ages and abilities through picturesque parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia bringing together communities of survivors, riders and supporters for one common goal: to end cancer.

“Gear Up Day is a wonderful way for Sydneysiders and members of all four Ride communities to register and support our efforts to engineer a future without cancer,” said Tim Dugan, CEO of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA, the beneficiary of The Sydney Ride.

Last year, The Ride in Brisbane helped raise $4.7 million, which went directly towards cancer research projects at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Ride dollars there are currently being used to fund the largest ever skin cancer study in Australia to find ways of determining a person’s risk of developing melanoma, plus a separate research project to pinpoint women’s responses to chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.

“We’re thrilled to build on the success of The 2011 Ride and encourage everyone to register or donate to someone who is already registered again this year,” added Professor Frank Gannon, Director of QIMR, the beneficiary of The Brisbane Ride.

All donations raised by Ride participants go directly to the development of cancer medicines, research and care, which leads to treatments and helps save lives across Australia.

“The Ride To Conquer Cancer is something anyone can do. I encourage all those interested to register to help raise much-needed funds for Peter Mac’s research. This will make a substantial difference to the treatment and care of our cancer patients,” said Craig Bennett, CEO of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the beneficiary of the Melbourne Ride.

“Thank you to all of those who have registered so far. We have lots more work to do on cancer and we encourage everyone to register and join us for the Ride,” commented Professor Peter Klinken, Director of the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research, the beneficiary of The Perth Ride.

To register, donate, or learn more about The Ride, call 1300 33 7433 (Sydney), 1300 00 7433 (Melbourne), 1300 99 7433 (Perth), 1300 11 7433 (Brisbane), or visit http://www.conquercancer.org.au

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About The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA will transform cancer treatment for Australians in an environment thriving on discovery, research and uncompromising care. The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA will combine all facets of clinical care; surgery, medical and radiation oncology, research, integrative medicine and support services for patients, their families and carers to ensure better outcomes for everyone living with cancer. More information can be found at www.lifehouserpa.org.au

About the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer and one of an elite group of hospitals worldwide to have its own integrated cancer research program and laboratories. Peter Mac treats more cancer patients each year than any other hospital in the country and its highly skilled medical, nursing and allied health team is backed by the largest cancer research group in Australia. More information can be found at www.petermac.org

About the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research
WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community it serves - across the state, nation and globe. Its research aims to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge. The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with diseases such as leukaemia, diabetes, cancer (especially breast, ovarian and prostate), as well as those contributing to a number of nerve, muscle and mental health disorder. More information can be found at www.waimr.uwa.edu.au

About the Queensland Institute of Medical Research
QIMR is dedicated to translating discoveries into treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies. One of QIMR's three research programs is cancer, which incorporates 21 of its laboratories. Cancer is a disease which leads to abnormal cell growth and eventually spreads to other parts of the body. Some cancers are common in family lineage and are clearly inherited, while others are caused by factors in the environment interacting with genetic susceptibilities. Many forms of cancer can be treated successfully if detected early. More information can be found at www.qimr.edu.au

About the Ride To Conquer Cancer
During one epic weekend, thousands of men and women will unite for a history making event. They’ll cycle over 200 kilometres in two days to raise money for cancer research, treatment and care. With one in two Australians developing cancer in their lifetime, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has become a powerful call to action for cancer patients, survivors and their supporters.

2012 events will be held in:
Brisbane 18/19 August, benefiting the Queensland Institute for Medical Research
Sydney 13/14 October, benefiting the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA
Perth 20/21 October, benefiting the West Australian Institute for Medical Research
Melbourne 27/28 October 2012, benefiting Peter Mac

The Ride begins with an Opening Ceremony on the Saturday morning and finishes on the Sunday. Thousands of Riders will cover approximately 100 kilometres each day, travelling at their own pace. Riders will be supported by hundreds of volunteers and crew members, providing meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the course, comprehensive medical services and an overnight campsite complete with tents, hot showers and entertainment. For more information, visit www.conquercancer.org.au

Brian Lowe
Public Relations Manager - Australia
1300 11 7433
blowe@conquercancer.org.au

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ABOUT THE RIDE

15-16 October, 2016. Riding throughout Western Australia's scenic countryside for one or two days may sound like a lot — and it’s meant to be.

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is for anyone who wants to challenge themselves for a great cause. All you need is motivation, a bike and a helmet. The money you raise for The Ride will benefit the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia's premier adult medical research institute.

Your cycling adventure begins as you gather with fellow Riders for an inspiring Opening Ceremony, where we’ll remember those lost to cancer and honour those continuing the fight. After an energising sendoff, you’ll Ride out of Perth with a renewed sense of purpose, as you follow the winding route through some of Western Australia's most beautiful scenery.

Lining the route every 25-30 kilometres, you’ll find fully stocked Pit Stops with all the snacks and hydration you’ll need to keep going. Day One culminates with arrival at Camp, where you can enjoy a cold beer, a hot shower, and a well-deserved massage before a fun evening of entertainment and socialising.

After Riders camp overnight, Day Two will lead Riders further through the inspiring landscape, as they make their way towards the Finish Line — a high energy celebration of the epic Ride and the amazing impact made in the quest to conquer cancer.

For more details, CLICK HERE.

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