Thank you to everyone who was involved in this year’s Cycle of Giving. 709 riders and over 3,000 research hours funded; the Cycle of Giving 2016 was our most successful event yet and we couldn’t have done it without you!
On Sunday the 28th of February, the Cycle of Giving participants donned their Lycra and helmets to take part in a 100, 65 or 25km ride raising funds for crucial organ transplant research. The pack was led by event founder Mary Long, who was proud of everyone's efforts on the day. Her enthusiasm was definitely shared by the whole group.
Battling a tough headwind, the first participants arrived at The Prince Charles Hospital just over 3 hours after the first horn blew, happy to be welcomed by support of their family and friends! The rest of the pack started to arrive not long after, met by the tunes of the Brisbane Irish Pipe Band. Riders and their families were lucky enough to enjoy free Merlo coffee, a complimentary sausage sizzle ran by NAB and plenty of snacks and refreshments donated by supporters Schweppes, Mountain Dew Spring Water and Simon George & Sons.
One of the projects being supported by this year’s fundraising is that of Kenneth Sinclair, who was there on the day to help set up and cheer riders over the line. His research will benefit lung transplant recipients such as participant Sinclair Newey, who was our second highest fundraiser of the year. The two were able to meet and talk about Kenneth’s incredible research which focuses on stem cell therapy for lungs both pre- and post-transplant.
Well done to everyone who participated in this year’s event and helped us to raise funds and awareness for organ donation and transplant research. We would also like to thank our major sponsors Merlo Coffee and McAndrew Property Group, and supporter Queensland Rail, for coming on board and making the Cycle of Giving such a successful event. You are helping to carry on a fantastic legacy that Mary and Mal Long can be proud of. We’ll see you at the start line for next year’s Cycle of Giving!