Snowy Ride and Honda Raffle raise more than $280,000 for childhood cancer research

Honda KidsAnother successful Snowy Ride was held on Saturday 2 November 2013 with 3,043 registrations – it’s great to see the 3,000 mark being reached again.


The weekend started out with Big Al’s BBQ on Friday night. 140 guests enjoyed a relaxed evening with interviews from Team Honda Racing Principal Paul Free and ASBK rider Jamie Stauffer. Interviews were followed by an exciting auction raising $14,520 and the night finished with guests being treated to an intimate performance by the Brewster Bros.


The weather on Saturday was magnificent and had riders on the road early with all checkpoints well attended. All communities offered terrific food and entertainment for riders and their pillions – making the event a great experience for all.  On Saturday afternoon the Mass Ride left Bullocks Flat at 4.00pm with somewhere between 600-800 riders coming into a huge welcome at Thredbo.


The presentation was opened by Stuart Diver from Kosciuszko Thredbo Pty Ltd presenting Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation with a cheque for $10,000.


Of course everyone was waiting for the presentation to see if they were going to pick up a minor prize, of which there were many, and to see if they were one of the lucky ones to win either the Honda VFR800 or the Honda CRF250.  Prior to the draw Renee, one of the mum’s from the Snowy Hydro Family Program, gave a very personal account on what it’s like to have a child going through cancer treatment – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  Renee was followed  by the multi-skilled Professor Glenn Marshall who not only heads up the Oncology unit at Sydney Children’s Hospital, but also cooks a mean BBQ at Snowy Ride.


The draw for both Honda motorcycles followed and the winners were Tim from Canberra and Edwin from the Blue Mts.  Both of these guys will be on their new bikes before Christmas.


On Sunday as the majority of bikes rolled out of Thredbo the kids and families from the Family Program were driven to Snowy Hydro’s Discovery Centre in classic cars from the Cooma Monaro Automobile Club where Snowy Hydro presented a cheque to Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation for $100,000.


The Snowy Ride is always a fantastic weekend but it would not work without the help and support of all the volunteers who not only work on this event, but support the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation throughout the year.  They’re a great bunch of people that we love and we thank each and every one of them for their continued support. Thanks also to you, the riders, pillions and supporters for your continued attendance and support as we continue to work towards our goal of 100% Survival for all Children with Cancer!!!


Allan McGuirk
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation
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