On Friday 11 May a group of 18 everyday Australians set out from Tamworth on a motorcycle journey around the country in the hope of raising much needed funds for research into a cure for childhood cancer.
The riders join the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Gold Appeal Mobile as part of a tour around NSW to visit hospital patients who come from regional areas.
The Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation’s Around Australia Ride 2018 started off from Tamworth Hyundai with 12 motorcycle riders, two pillions and two Hyundai support vehicles with four crew.
“Our trip has been 12 months in the planning and we are hopeful of cracking the $100,000 mark – all of which will go towards vital research into a cure for childhood cancer, clinical trials and better treatments,” said Susan Walter, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer of SWCCF.
“With the support of companies like Hyundai, we are working hard towards our mission of one hundred per cent survival for all children with cancer and the prevention of their suffering,” she said.
SWCCF’s platinum partner, Hyundai Help for Kids, is the official sponsor for the Around Australia Ride, providing a Hyundai iMax and Santa Fe as support vehicles.
“As well as supporting Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation, Hyundai is a proud supporter of the Gold Appeal Mobile tour driving donations for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Woodley’s Motor Group in Tamworth is also a Community Partner of Westpac Rescue Helicopter, so we are really pleased to be collaborating with our National, Regional and Community partnerships to host the send-off of the Around Australia Ride and welcome the Gold Appeal Mobile tour stop as we too are passionate about supporting Aussie families doing it tough in our community,” said Mark Woodley, Dealer Principal at Tamworth Hyundai.
The Around Australia Ride 2018 has already raised an amazing $90,000 towards the $100,000 target. With riders paying their own way on the journey, the money raised will go straight towards the funding of cutting edge research at the Children’s Cancer Institute in Sydney and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, benefiting children all over the country.
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) was formed in 2001 for Steven Walter, a young man from Kirrawee who lost an eight-year battle against cancer at the age of just nineteen in 2000.
“Steve didn’t want other children to have to go through what he did, so he asked us to do whatever we could to find a cure. Over the past 18 years an army of volunteers, corporate sponsors and generous donors have helped us raise $7.5 million for research to find a cure for childhood cancer,” Sue said.
Hyundai Help for Kids is an initiative of Hyundai and Hyundai Dealers, where a contribution from every new Hyundai vehicle sold since its inception in January 2014 has tallied in excess of $6 million. These contributions are granted to not-for-profit organisations supporting Aussie kids and their families in areas of sport, culture, education, health, community engagement and social welfare initiatives.
About the Around Australia Ride
- Carefully planned to pass through some of Australia’s most spectacular and remote locations, the ride kicks off in Tamworth on 11 May and will finish in Steven Walter’s home town of Kirrawee on 13 June
- From Bundaberg to Broome, Mataranka to Mount Gambier and nearly 80 other towns and cities in between, the 15,000km trip will take 34 days to complete
- In order to participate each rider has gathered sponsorship and will become an SWCCF ambassador in each town and city they visit seeking donations, selling merchandise and raising awareness about the vital work needed to find a cure for children’s cancer
- Riders and support crew will also pay their own way on the trip meaning every dollar raised goes straight to research
- AAR 2018 by the numbers
- 34 days
- 80 towns and cities
- 12,000 litres of petrol & 5,000 litres of diesel
- Two sets of tyres for each bike
- 12 months of planning
- the oldest rider is 71 and the youngest is 24 (support crew/relief rider)
- 1 female rider
- 12 riders & 2 pillions
- 2 support vehicles, 4 support crew & 2 trailers
About Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) originated in 2001 as the Steven Walter Fund and was incorporated in March 2008 as part of a strategic plan to develop a significant long term fundraising capacity to benefit childhood cancer research in Australia. The origins of SWCCF lay in the wishes of Steven Walter, a young man who died in 2000 at the age of 19 after an 8 year fight against cancer. In his final days Steven wrote a powerful letter to his family and friends asking them to raise money for childhood cancer research “so that one day no other kid would have to go through what I’ve been through”.
Vision – “100% survival for all children with cancer and prevention of their suffering”
Mission – To make a difference for children with cancer by raising philanthropic funds for childhood cancer research which can impact on the current clinical standards of care for children with cancer, reduce side effects and improve survival rates.
Commitment – SWCCF is committed to fundraising partnerships offering financial support for vital research so that every child with cancer can be guaranteed a future and an improved quality of life. You can make a difference by helping us with a donation to the SWCCF.
For every 10 children diagnosed with cancer, three do not survive and here in Australia, that translates to three children losing their lives to cancer every week. We believe that is three children too many, and of those who survive many will have chronic health problems as a direct result of their treatments.
There has been significant improvement in the life expectancy of children post diagnosis, however, research and clinical trials are essential to ensure we are continually moving forward toward our goal of 100% survival for ALL children.