Five time Tour de France cycling legend Patrick Jonker has joined other high profile identities supporting Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason campaign in the Mutual Community Challenge Tour, as part of January’s Santos Tour Down Under activities.
Patrick and the others will be riding as part of the Governor’s 10 team, led by Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Kevin Scarce.
Patrick’s got plenty of reasons to ride against cancer, helping raise an ambitious $1 million for local research, prevention and support initiatives through Cancer Council SA.
“My Grandad, Aunty and Uncle all died of cancer, and thankfully my mother has survived breast cancer,” says Patrick.
“Like many, I seem to be confronted by the impact of cancer on friends and family at every turn – too many to count.
“A great mate of mine, Brendan Johnstone, was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 18 and at the height of his world class mountain biking career.
“He and another guy I was coaching in the US under 23 team last year are thankfully doing much better and in remission from testicular cancer.
“It’s hard for any of us to not be directly or indirectly affected by cancer with 1 in 2 people being diagnosed in their life. Hopefully it makes more of us think to Ride for a reason and honour a friend, loved one or workmate.”
The final ‘Governor’s 10’ Ride for a reason team includes:
• His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce – Governor of South Australia • Eric Granger – General Manager SA/NT, Mutual Community • Prof. Brenda Wilson – Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA • Jane Woodlands-Thompson – Coach, Adelaide Thunderbirds • Patrick Jonker – Olympic cyclist • Amber Halliday – World champion rower / cyclist • Bill Griggs – Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital • Sean O’Brien – General Manager, 5AA • Tony Davison – General Manager, Channel 7 • Mel Mansell – Editor, The Advertiser
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.