Early in 2013 Australian entrepreneur Conrad Bates lost his mother to ovarian cancer; she was admitted to hospital in June with stomach pains and passed away the following month. It wasn’t until he lost his mother that Conrad learnt there is no early detection for ovarian cancer. Whilst in hospital, Conrad’s mum received round-the-clock company and care from family and friends. Conrad invariably took night shifts, which were spent with his mum watching SBS coverage of the Tour of France. He also read aloud to her Rupert Guinness’s regular coverage of the event.
With her passing, Conrad was determined to do what he could to assist in the funding of advances in early detection of this insidious cancer.
Inspired by his final weeks with his mum and their time watching absorbing the magic of the Tour, Conrad acquired six maillots jaunes and set about collecting the autographs of the only six Australians in the 100 years of the Tour de France to have won this coveted piece of riding history.
Phil Anderson, Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans, Simon Gerrans and Bradley McGee were on Conrad’s target list. Slowly but surely, he acquired every signature for each maillot jaune, and the 6in100 project was realised.
A raffle is now underway - $20 tickets are for sale far and wide, the winning six of which will be drawn during the Tour Down Under on Australia Day at 10am. Impressively, Conrad has personally absorbed all costs so that 100% of proceeds raised from ticket sales will go to the Cancer Council of Victoria.
Jump on the site at www.6in100.org and help Conrad help women around Australia.