Recently, Mary welcomed motorbike riders from the third annual Cancer Council Adventure Ride to the ACT Legislative Assembly, as they passed through Canberra on their 10,000 kilometre around Australia fund raising ride.
“The ride seems to be growing every year,” Mary said. “Last year the event attracted around 120 motorcyclists and raised $40,000. This year the riders have set themselves a target of $100,000!
Canberra rider, Mr Ross McKay, participating in his third ride, is the Adventure ride coordinator for the ACT.
The relay-style motorbike ride started on 23 April in Brisbane and aims to raise the target by the time the riders arrive in the Northern Territory in June.
Mary was presented with a large yellow spanner, to be exchanged at points along the route, much like the Olympic torch relay. It is hoped that Cancer survivors will be present at the ‘spanner ceremonies’ to celebrate their lives, and their hope for a cancer-free future.
“Money raised through the ride in Canberra will be donated to the ACT Cancer Council and invested into research and services,” Mary stated.
For more information on how to get involved, sponsor a rider or donate, visit http://www.motorcyclingagainstcancer.org.au.