Tour de Cure raise more than $650,000 for Peter Mac

On Thursday 14th November, we waved off an inspiring group of people who embarked on a journey across Tasmania to raise funds to help find a cure to cancers.

This year was the 4th annual Tour de Cure Peter Mac Ride – where participants rode nearly 461km across four days. This amazing group of individuals were from all walks of life, with different stories and different motivations, but they all had one thing in common; they wanted to make a difference to the lives of people with cancer.

This year’s Peter Mac ride took place in some of Tasmania’s most beautiful wilderness, beginning in Melbourne where the team boarded the Spirit of Tasmania for the annual Bass Straight crossing. The team then woke up in Devonport with riders and crew setting off on an action packed 4-day ride through spectacular national parks, along surreal coastline, exploring the Freycinet National Park before finishing in historic Hobart on Monday 18th November.

The conditions were tough and the terrain was difficult, but the 113 riders and 34 support crew members came together and conquered the difficult task that they’d be training for. Together, they’ve raised a sensational $681,000 during this year’s ride – the highest ever that Tour de Cure has raised for Peter Mac.

These funds raised by Tour de Cure play an essential role in research projects at Peter Mac. Prof. Robert Ramsay, the joint-Head of the Gastro Intestinal Cancer Program at Peter Mac and also a cyclist on last year’s ride comments on the importance of this support to cancer research.

“Community support from fundraising activities like the Tour de Cure Peter Mac Ride plays a vital role in accelerating Peter Mac’s search for cancer cures,” Prof. Ramsay said.

“Our partnership with Tour de Cure is enabling us to fund three new research projects that would not be possible without donations from the community,” he continued.

On behalf of Peter Mac, we want to congratulate and thank the Tour de Cure team for once again supporting the work of Peter Mac through this amazing dedicated ride.