A cancer scare for Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur has stirred his passionate call for cyclists to Ride for a Reason in this January’s Mutual Community Challenge Tour, presented by The Advertiser.
The Olympic gold medallist’s plea coincides with the launch of a million dollar fundraising bid by Santos Tour Down Under Charity Partner, Cancer Council SA, to aid local cancer research.
“Cancer scars too many lives and certainly left its mark on me when I had half my bottom lip cut out because of an aggressive melanoma when I was aged 21,” says Mike Turtur.
“It’s a scary thing to think that if I didn’t have it treated I’d be dead now.
“I’m lucky I got away with minimal scarring because we caught it in time, but it’s amazing to think how many others will be confronted by this killer disease when you know that 1 in 2 Australians experience cancer by age 85.”
“Chances are if it’s not ourselves, someone close to us will be touched by cancer."
“This is our chance to honour them by Riding for a Reason in the Mutual Community Challenge Tour, pedalling momentum that can help change our world.”
Cancer Council SA says there are a million good reasons to give.
“For some it’s a loved one, the inevitability those close to them will be affected one day, or a chance to get passionately involved in the ride that will also help reduce their own cancer risk,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.
“Put simply, the more bums on bikes that we can get raising funds, the more impact we can have on cancer. This is through the SA Cancer Research Collaborative, which enjoys matching funds from the South Australian Government – ultimately out to save more lives.
“That means local cancer research can leverage even more funding on the international stage helping deliver even more quality research outcomes to assist people here and throughout the world.”
Cancer Council SA also offers diverse services that lessen the impact of cancer including practical information, education, counselling, financial assistance and even accommodating regional visitors when they’re in Adelaide for treatment.
We’ve come a long way, with Australian survival rates for many common cancers increasing by 30 per cent in the past two decades, and we’ve got more to do.
Cancer Council SA’s Ride for a Reason campaign seeks to raise $1 million in conjunction with the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under – starting with the registration of 130 fundraising teams which will vie for exciting prizes and opportunities that money can’t buy.
Cancer Council SA will also have a substantial presence on course.
The Mutual Community Challenge Tour offers individuals, social, corporate and sporting teams four distances from 35km to 135km between Norwood, Gumeracha, Balhannah, Macclesfield to Strathalbyn on Friday 21st January.www.tourdownunder.com.au
There are a million good reasons to give, so for more information about how to Ride for a Reason see www.rideforareason.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.