Keith Conlon’s reason for riding

I’ve been a proud ambassador for Cancer Council SA for several years.

My motivation to get involved was simple—for me, like many South Australians, cancer has touched our family personally.  My wife Susie, sister-in-law and friends have all been touched by cancer and I’m determined to do my bit to raise funds to help in any way I can.

I’m proud to have been a part of a number of Cancer Council SA events, from Daffodil Day to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, but it’s Ride for a reason that holds a special place in my heart.

As an avid cyclist, I’m always on the bike. Every Wednesday I host ‘Ride with Keith’ rides throughout Adelaide – it’s a chance for me to catch up with friends, keep fit and explore our beautiful city on my bike.

In 2015 I took part in Ride for a reason for the first time and absolutely loved it! It’s such a great event filled with passionate South Australians all taking part for a common cause. You meet so many amazing people taking part, all with their own story. It’s truly a great event with an amazing sense of purpose.

In 2016 I joined with prominent South Australians to ride in the Chairman’s 11, led by Cancer Council SA Chairman and former Governor of South Australia Kevin Scarce. In 2017 I rode again, this time in the Premier’s Peloton, led by then Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill.

This year I’m proud to back riding again in 2019 as a part of the Lead Out Team, which includes Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.

As a part of the team, I’ll be championing the Distance Challenge, a new addition to Ride for a reason in 2019 which gives riders a chance to set their own distance goal which they can complete any time throughout Tour Week. As I ride regularly, it’s a great way for me to challenge myself and fundraise for Cancer Council SA through my regular group rides.

Being a part of Ride for a reason is really special to me as regardless of who I ride with, my reason remains the same—to support those impacted by cancer.

We’re the fortunate ones and every year I ride, I’m reminded of how lucky I am and how important it is that we continue to give back.  I’m passionate about supporting those impacted by cancer in the community and also supporting the work that Cancer Council does, from fundraising and prevention right through to research.

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to meet Cancer Council Beat Cancer Project Chair Professor Tim Hughes. Tim is one of the leaders in his field and it’s through funding from Cancer Council SA that he’s able to work towards cancer breakthroughs every single day, right here in our state.

Knowing that the money we raise through events like Ride for a reason goes towards ground breaking researchers like Tim inspires me to get on the bike year after year.

Through our support, we can help these amazing individuals to work towards a cancer free future, which is what it’s all about.

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