Local Politicians Highlight Cancer Care in Red Sky Ride Visit

Local Politicians Highlight Cancer Care in Red Sky Ride Visit

Solaris Cancer Care is pleased to announce that Hon Michael Mischin MLC addressed the importance of integrative cancer care at the completion of Solaris’s charity ride, The Red Sky Ride.

“We are grateful to Mr Mischin for taking time from his busy schedule to appreciate how our annual ride directly supports our outreach and wellbeing services to over 10,000 vulnerable community members,” Solaris Cancer Care CEO Francis Lynch said.

The Red Sky Ride commenced on March 3 with 43 riders racing 600km across southwest WA in four days to raise funds for Solaris Cancer Care.

Mr Mischin, who was joined by the Member for Cottesloe Dr David Honey MLA, said the Red Sky Ride was a demonstration of community spirit in recognising the significant work cancer support organisations undertake in WA.

“The fundraising and advocacy from the Red Sky Ride helps ensure Solaris can continue to provide a continuity of services to families affected by cancer,” he said.

2021 marked the ride’s largest group of riders since the ride began in 2008. The riders have already raised $217,800.

“This ride highlights how critical cancer services are, as we anticipate the number of cancer diagnoses in WA to increase,” Dr David Honey MLA said.

“We support the expansion of Solaris’s footprint across metropolitan and regional WA, especially in the face of COVID-19.”

Solaris Cancer Care shifted its essential services online within 48 hours during COVID-19 to ensure families impacted could still tap into its supportive services.

“The effort the Red Sky Riders have made towards the 2021 ride means we will be able to continue our services and reach more cancer patients, carers and families, and cancer survivors,” Mr Lynch said.

In 2020, Solaris provided 16, 412 free cancer intervention services.

“Our clients have expressed that Solaris has helped them persevere through their cancer journey. The Red Sky Ride enables us to make extra wellbeing checks to help keep them connected and supported,” Mr Lynch said.

The Red Sky Ride is an annual charity ride that sees the riders challenge themselves, honouring the challenges faced by cancer patients, in a 600-km journey across southwest WA.

In previous years, it has been to Margaret River, Albany, and Bunbury. The route changes each year but starts off from Solaris Cottesloe. 2022 will be the ride’s 15th year.