Press Release From Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation:
The Snowy Mountains rumbled on Saturday 2 November 2013 as more than 3000 motorcycles rolled into the region for the 13th annual Honda Snowy Ride, raising money for the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) to fund research into a cure for childhood cancer.
The Honda Snowy Ride is held on the first Saturday in November each year with motorcyclists spending a day riding the picturesque Alpine roads. Despite a blustery start to the day, the event finished with perfect conditions making for a fantastic day of riding and raised in excess of $300,000.
During the event riders from all over Australia toured the Snowy Mountains visiting Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo. The day then culminated in a Police-escorted mass ride of 800 motorcyclists along the Alpine Way to Thredbo for a presentation and finishing with a concert in the evening at the Village Square by the Brewster Bros.
Honda motorcycles has been the major sponsor for the event since inception and this year donated two motorcycles as prizes for the ride – a Honda VFR800F and a Honda CRF 250X. All entrants are automatically entered in the draw to win.
During the event, Honda offered test rides on a fleet of motorcycles that included a Goldwing F6B, the adventure touring VFR1200X and the new CBR500R – and as always the test rides were hot tickets.
Over the last 11 years SWCCF has also organised the family program where a number of oncology families are invited for a relaxing, fun-filled weekend and a break from the hospital routine. A childhood cancer diagnosis not only affects the child but puts an enormous strain on the entire family.
“We hosted seven families this year and they have had a ball with helicopter rides courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy, motorcycle rides thanks to the Australian Goldwing Association, chairlift and toboggan rides and plenty of great activities. The families are cared for by a group of volunteers and the program is sponsored by Snowy Hydro,” said Sue Walter, Director of SWCCF.
“We also extend our thanks to Kosciusko Thredbo for a $10,000 donation and $100,000 from 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 that come along to support the event and give it such a great atmosphere.
Earlier this year SWCCF hosted its second Around Australia Ride which saw 23 riders and support crew travel more than 15,000kms around the country and raise more than $225,000. Expressions of interest are currently being sought for another Around Australia Ride in 2015.
“We’re driven by the thought that each week three children lose their lives to cancer, so we’ve made it our mission to ensure that every child with cancer can one day be guaranteed a future and an improved quality of life,” Sue said.