Icy winds, threatening clouds and some rain did not deter thousands of motorcyclists from heading to Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation’s Snowy Ride in Thredbo to raise funds to find a cure for childhood cancer.
And the cold weather did not dampen the spirits of the 2,777 motorcyclists, pillions and supporters who registered to take part in the ride for the fourteenth year and raise more than $250,000.
“We have such a loyal group of motorcyclists who support the Snowy Ride year after year on motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and colours. But it was also heart-warming to see many new faces discovering what a fantastic event this is and helping us in our mission to find a cure for childhood cancer,” said Sue Walter, Director of the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation.
“We’re proud to share the result with everyone who entered the Snowy Ride, our amazing sponsors, the wonderful Snowy Mountains community and the more than 100 hard working volunteers who make this event the success it is,” Sue said.
The Honda Snowy Ride is held on the first Saturday in November each year by the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) with motorcyclists spending a day riding the picturesque Alpine roads and raising money to fund research into a cure for childhood cancer.
Honda motorcycles has been the major sponsor for the event since inception and this year donated a Honda VFR800F and a Honda CRF 250X as first and second prize in the draw, which went to entrants from Duffy in the ACT and Tingira Heights in NSW.
Other highlights of the event included a special Halloween party for the kids on the eve of the Snowy Ride and free test rides on Honda’s fleet of motorcycles for licensed motorcyclists.
Each year SWCCF also hosts families with a child enduring treatment for cancer in Thredbo for the weekend, giving them a break from their hospital routines. The entire family is invited for a relaxing, fun-filled stay away from the serious business of a cancer diagnosis.
“We hosted fivefamilies this year and they’ve had a ball with helicopter rides courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy, motorcycle rides thanks to the Australian Goldwing Association and plenty of other great activities. The families are cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers and the program is generously sponsored by Snowy Hydro.
“Outside of the ski season, the Snowy Ride is the biggest event in the Snowy Mountains region and each year we are just amazed by the generosity of the motorcycle riders and pillions who come along to support the event.
Special thanks also go to the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research for its donation of $5,000, Kosciusko Thredbo Resort for its $10,000 donation and the Leeton Motorcycle Club for its donation of $1,000 to begin the “Meet the Challenge” initiative that was kicked off in preparation for the 15th anniversary Snowy Ride in 2015. Anyone attending the 2015 Snowy Ride is encouraged to raise money in preparation for the event and “Meet the Challenge” to raise money for a cure for childhood cancer.
“This year marks fourteen years since Steve passed away but it was his passion for riding motorcycles that drove us to create the Snowy Ride. Through the Snowy Ride, we are able to involve the motorcycle riders of Australia to raise money for research into childhood cancer and its side effects.
“And while we know that the cure rate for cancer has improved from 10 per cent to 75 per cent over the past 50 years, we are still driven by the knowledge that each week three children lose their lives to cancer. That’s why it’s our mission to ensure that every child with cancer can one day be guaranteed a future and an improved quality of life,” Sue said.
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