Commissioner’s 100 launched for 10 years of Ride for a reason

Ride for a reason is a fundraising focused ride where cyclists participating in the Santos Tour Down Under’s Bupa Challenge Tour can ride the same course as the professionals while raising critical funds for Cancer Council SA.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, Ride for a reason is free to sign up for anyone who registers for the Bupa Challenge Tour, which will take part on Friday, 19 January 2018.

Through Ride for a reason, cyclists are able to dedicate their ride to a loved one who has been impacted by the disease and raise funds and awareness towards a cancer free future.

Commissioner Stevens knows firsthand the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis amongst family members and close friends. His mother has survived breast cancer and his father in law is currently being treated for cancer.  His family have also had to deal with the loss of a loved one to the disease.

Through leading the Commissioner’s 100 towards a fundraising target of $100,000, he is hoping to make a small difference to the lives of the 26 South Australians diagnosed with the cancer every day.

“My family, like so many across the state, has been touched by cancer. Leading this group of passionate riders is my opportunity to give back to a worthy charity that has helped so many families in their time of need.”

“We’re committed to raising as much money as we can in the 10th anniversary of Ride for a reason and making a real, long-lasting contribution towards Cancer Council SA and their ultimate goal of a cancer-free future.”

The money raised through the 2018 Ride for a reason will help fund Cancer Council SA’s world-class research, prevention and advocacy campaigns and provide information and support to those impacted by cancer.

Since Ride for a reason started 10 years ago, thousands of cyclists have taken part, raising over $4 million in support of Cancer Council SA.

Former Tour Down Under Winner, Pat Jonker, who took out the Tour in 2004, will be training Commissioner Stevens and the team in the lead up to the 2018 race. He also has a personal cancer connection.

“It means a lot for me to be involved with the Commissioner’s 100, having seen the devastating impact of cancer from a young age.”

“My grandad, aunty and mum have all battled cancer, with my mum being the only survivor. Today my best mate and long-time riding partner is also battling multiple melanomas,” said Pat.

“The effort that goes into raising much needed funds for cancer research through the Ride for a reason is very rewarding and gives me a feeling that I am making a real contribution.”

Joining the Commissioner’s 100 will also be Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size, who has taken part in Ride for a reason for the past two years.

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Commissioner for volunteering to captain the 2018 team and also thank all those who have committed to join with us and fundraise for the thousands of South Australians currently living with cancer.”

“We believe that no one should have to go through a cancer diagnosis and treatment alone and through events like Ride for a reason, we are able to continue to offer support to all those diagnosed through every stage of their treatment.”

Registrations for the 2018 Ride for a reason event are now open and registrants can enter via the Bupa Challenge Tour event which can be found at www.tourdownunder.com.au.

Riders who wish to join the Commissioner’s 100 team can contact Russell Schrale at Cancer Council SA’s offices on (08) 8291 4111.

For more information on Cancer Council SA visit www.cancersa.org.au.

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