SNOWY RIDE TO GO VIRTUAL IN 2020
BUT WILL BE BACK IN 2021 FOR A LAST HURRAH
To our valued supporters,
We are living in unprecedented times with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following hard on the heels of the drought, bushfires and floods that devastated so many communities across Australia.
We trust that our supporters remain healthy and well and are adjusting to the changes that have taken place in our lives for the time being. We extend these good wishes to all Snowy Riders, our generous volunteers, valued sponsors, accommodation providers, family program participants, and the local community groups around the Snowy region who have been with us over the past 19 years.
We had grand plans that this, our 20th year and 20th Snowy Ride, would be a time of celebration. However, in line with the most up to date Government advice and with the great unknown of what lies ahead, we have made some difficult decisions. In consultation with our major partners and the SWCCF Board, the decision has been made to push our final Snowy Ride celebrations back one year to November 2021. We believe this is the best course of action for all of us at this time and will allow us to get through the current challenges as well as properly plan to make 2021 a year to remember.
Having said that, we are currently exploring the options available to run an online event – a “Virtual Snowy Ride 2020” – to enable our Snowy Ride family to continue to support our vision, mission & commitment as you have done with such loyalty over the past 20 years. As we confirm our plans, we will be in touch to share how you can join in and support the Virtual Snowy Ride.
I want to assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly and much thought has gone into the options available. However, we believe this is the best course of action at this time and will allow our Snowy Ride family to plan ahead with more certainty for the remainder of the year. We do apologise to those who had already made plans for our 20th year celebration, however the current restrictions on travel and gatherings make it very difficult for us to properly prepare for the ride and we are also mindful of the devastating financial impact that this crisis will have on many people.
As you can imagine, the researchers, clinicians and staff from the Children’s Hospitals have responded to the changes that COVID-19 has delivered in a magnificent way, with the same calm and grace they apply in their work every day with sick children. They’re able to do this because your generous donations have helped build the capacity and expertise they need to continue their research and provide evidence-based information and advice.
Over the past 20 years 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.
Philanthropy is the key to this so that all children can access the best possible care when and where they need it, and in these unprecedented times we need the continued support of all our donors more than ever to ensure we can continue our work.
On behalf of the SWCCF Board and all of the children you’ve impacted, I thank you again for your generous support and all that you do and have done for sick kids. Together we will be able to navigate these uncharted waters safely. We will get back to you soon and keep you updated on
further plans for 2020, as well as 2021, as our meetings progress.
At this point in time, the Foundation office remains open, but we do have plans in place to work from home if so directed. Feel free to contact us via email if you need at:
Very best wishes to you all and your families, stay well.
Sue Walter, AM
Chief Executive Officer
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation