Cycle4Sam rested today at Marion Bay at the tip of Yorke Peninsular, reflecting on the purpose of the eight-day, 1030km group ride and great fund raising support.
Cycle4Sam founders Marty and Michelle Roberts and riders yesterday remembered loved ones taken too soon, as they completed a 165km “memorial” stage the length of Yorke Peninsular from Moonta Bay to Marion Bay.
“Today we ride in memory of Sammy and the many other children and loved ones who have passed away who we know and love,” Marty Roberts said as the riders released the distinctive Cycle4Sam coloured balloons at the Marion Bay jetty (see below picture).
It was the fourth day of the eight-day, 1030km, Cycle4Sam which finishes in Adelaide on Monday, 1 October at the women’s and Children’s Hospital (at approx. 2pm).
The rest day came as fund raising support gathered pace. Donations have topped $60,000 – the original fund raising aim – with a great response to the Cycle4Sam at Everyday Heroes, which has attracted more than $20,000 in individual donations.
Cycle4Sam has been ridden every two years since 2006 and has raised more than $300,000 in that time to assist families struggling with life-limiting diagnoses being treated at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital paediatric palliative care unit.
All funds raised go to the palliative care unit to continue funding an art therapist, a therapy room in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and as well saving for a holiday house in Adelaide for families being treated by the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit.
Approximately 15 riders started riding on Monday in the Flinders Ranges (Blinman). All riders – both women and men - are going strong after covering more than 600km in four days.
Tomorrow they will ride 166km north to Ardrossan, followed by stages to Tanunda in the Barossa Valley (Sunday) and finishing at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Monday.
Fortuitously, the weather appears to be backing the riders, with strong northerlies assisting them in the days riding south to Marion Bay now switching to southerlies ahead of the stages riding north to Adelaide.
“We thank Sammy for the following winds and are thinking of him and other children and families as we ride towards Adelaide,” Michelle Roberts said.
Corporate and individual donors are invited to:
- Make a donation at the website http://www.cycle4sam.com/donate.html or at Everyday Heroes http://www.everydayhero.com.au/cycle_4_sam
- Check out the progress and pictures/video at the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/135395009831820/
- Follow Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/cycle4sam
- Visit website at www.cycle4sam.com
Media contact: Jeremy Roberts 0410 543 708 firstname.lastname@example.org