More than 40 cyclists involved in a 600km ride to raise funds for critical cancer care will arrive in Bunbury on Thursday, 4 March, the second day of their four-day journey.
The Red Sky Ride raises money for integrated cancer care charity Solaris Cancer Care, which provides services to support WA cancer patients and their families.
The 43 riders will leave the Solaris Cottesloe support centre today (Wednesday 3 March) and are due to arrive at the Bunbury Solaris Cancer Care centre at 2pm tomorrow (4 March).
The riders will travel through the Ferguson Valley for two days before returning to Perth via Bunbury on 6 March.
Solaris Cancer Care is a community-based healthcare organisation. Its cancer support centres are the first of their kind in Australia and offer support, information, education, and complementary therapies to cancer patients and their primary cancer.
In WA, more than 13,300 people are diagnosed with cancer each year, a disease which causes three in every 10 deaths in the State.
Solaris delivers $1.74 million of health care services in complementary therapies free each year.
It receives minimal ongoing financial support from government, relying on the generous support of the WA community.
The Red Sky Ride has raised more than $4 million in the past 14 years.
Solaris was founded in 2001 after David Joske, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital’s Senior Clinical Consultant in Haematology, identified a need for better information and supportive care for cancer patients.
It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which receives virtually no ongoing financial support from the government. Each year Solaris delivers $1.74 million worth of health care in complementary therapies free of charge. Its 350 volunteers delivered more than 28,000 therapies to cancer patients and their carers in 2019.
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