The Long Ride had its maiden year in 2007 and was an immediate success, raising $50,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service over the course of an 8 day ride across Australia. In 2008 the event toured Perth to generate support and awareness of Prostate Cancer, and grouped almost 270 riders throughout the length of the ride, while raising $20,000 along the way.
The event has never looked back, now putting hundreds of riders from all nationalities to our Country roads for a week long ride of solidarity and camaraderie. Since their first event, The Long Ride has managed to raise well above $1.2 million for designated charities and has grown into the biggest event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 2017 the charity event will let nothing stop its continued growth, not even the Bass Strait. In collaboration with The Spirit of Tasmania, The Long Ride 2017 will tour Van Diemen’s Land as well as several roads leading to the port at Melbourne, to raise money and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia. Being the second most diagnosed cancer in Australia, Prostate Cancer takes the lives of as many as 2,900 Australian men each year.
However in the early stages of the disease, prostate cancer can be treated. The PCFA encourages men to not wait for the symptoms and instead have a talk with their doctor about prostate cancer. By partaking in this year’s ride, cyclists will be contributing to research into the causes, detection, diagnosis and improved treatment of prostate cancer.
Each participating rider should aim to raise around $1000 in donations. For details or tips about raising money for the ride, visit The Long Ride’s rider information page.
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