Ride to Conquer Cancer prepares to roll through Mandurah

Nearly 1000 riders will descend on Mandurah on Saturday, October 21, sleep over in hundreds of tents on Hall Park and cycle back to Perth on Sunday with the aim of raising $4 million to fight cancer.

Teams of cyclists will ride to support someone with cancer or to remember someone who lost the fight, while raising funds for research organisations such as the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Institute director Professor Peter Leedman heaped praise on the fundraising effort.

“This is the sixth annual MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer and every year the ride is a powerful tribute to people who suffer from this terrible disease,” he said.

“The riders are remarkable. They fundraise throughout the year to support cancer research because they want to make a difference, and they train for months to complete the 200km round trip.

“With one in two Australians likely to be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, we research many different cancer types, particularly the hard to treat cancers such as triple negative breast cancer, drug resistant melanoma, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, brain tumours.

“The funds really benefit our research.”

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer is the largest fundraising cycling event in WA, raising more than $23.5 million since its inception in 2012.

Anyone looking to donate to the ride can visit conquercancer.org.au