Cycling 1,000 km for Country Cancer Patients
Swapping their suits for lycra, 34 dedicated SuperCyclists and 13 Support Crew completed seven days of cycling through rural South Australia to raise funds towards accommodation for country cancer patients and their families.
Incredibly, the team raised $200,000!
The SuperCyclists gave up their jobs in aid of ABCR’s partner charity The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project, which provides family style accommodation in Adelaide for country cancer patients and their families to use while receiving cancer treatment.
“Since its inception seven years ago, Mercer SuperCycle has raised over $2.3 million,” said Dawn Garrett, Chair of Mercer SuperCycle.
“Through these funds we’ve helped provide a comfortable home away from home for patients and their families to stay whilst they are receiving cancer treatment.”
Paul Flynn, Chief Executive of The Hospital Research Foundation said the two existing Under Our Roof homes provide a place of comfort for families but there is still a need for more of these style homes.
“In 2018, both Under Our Roof homes were occupied for 92 per cent of the year and sadly we had to turn away 58 families, including South Australian, Northern Territory and Victorian patients,” said Paul.
“Thanks to the funds raised through Mercer SuperCycle, a third Under Our Roof home is currently under construction and we hope to continue providing places of comfort for patients and their families during a difficult time.”
If you would like to find out more about the Under Our Roof homes, visit www.hospitalresearch.com.au