A total of 2207 riders and pillions, more than 130 volunteers and seven families with a child enduring cancer, all came together at the 16th Snowy Ride with one goal – to raise money for research into a cure for childhood cancer.
The ride is hosted by the SWCCF each year in the Snowy Mountains region and Thredbo with all supporters celebrating the achievement of raising more than $250,000.
“It has been a fabulous 16th Snowy Ride, and I can’t thank our Snowy Ride family enough for its continued support. Our family includes all of the riders and pillions, every volunteer and of course our valued sponsors, Honda, Snowy Hydro, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Thredbo Kosciusko, QBE Insurance, The Tool Store and Newton Real Estate,” said Sue Walter, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Honda motorcycles has been the major sponsor for the event since inception and this year donated a 2016 model Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin which was won by Olivier Duranda who was on his 5th Snowy Ride. The runner up was Jo Virgona, who registered as a pillion for her 6th Snowy Ride, received a 2016 model Honda CB500X.
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 as well as the wonderful support we receive from the Snowy Mountains community.
The annual Honda CBR Fireblade Raffle was also recently drawn with Rebecca Clements from the ACT with winning ticket 06592.
It’s astonishing to believe that it’s been 23 years since Steven was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma and what a journey it has been – he would be so proud of what is being achieved in his memory sixteen years later,” said Sue.
“After battling cancer for almost half his life, Steve came to realise that life was not measured by quantity of years, but by quality of living. The lessons we learn and the impact your life has on the lives of people around you. Each and every one of the Snowy Ride supporters should be extremely proud of the positive impact they are having. Together we are all meeting the challenge of 100% survival of children diagnosed with cancer,” she said.
“This event is a team effort, and so is helping a child get through cancer treatment. Each and every person who supports the Snowy Ride can be proud that they are all on the team, helping kids beat cancer,” she said.
The Honda Snowy Ride has been held on the first Saturday in November each year since 2001 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 2016 model Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin and runner up will receive a 2016 model Honda CB500X, with a combined value of $25,000.
Other highlights of the event included free test rides on Honda’s fleet of motorcycles for licensed motorcyclists, a mass ride into Thredbo with participants dressing up for the occasion and plenty of great entertainment. Former Australian MotoGP and World Superbike Rider, Garry McCoy was SWCCF’s special guest for his first Snowy Ride experience.
Each year SWCCF also hosts families with a child enduring treatment for cancer in Thredbo for the weekend made possible by Snowy Hydro through the Snowy Hydro Family Program, 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 seven families 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.
“We know that almost 1000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia and that for every 10 children diagnosed with cancer, three do not survive. It’s statistics like these that keep driving us to raise as much money as we can to support research into a cure.
“We can’t thank everyone who supports the Snowy Ride enough for their assistance in ensuring a great event. From the motorcyclists and pillions who take part, through to the volunteers who give up their time to make it a great event, we thank you for your support in helping us ‘Meet the Challenge’ of 100% survival for all children diagnosed with cancer,” Sue said.