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    Property companies to match funds raised from Great Cycle Challenge for kids cancer research

    Children’s Medical Research Institute

    This year’s Kick Cancer’s Butt Day on Wednesday will see three companies from the property and construction industry coming together to support cancer research programs at Children’s Medical Research Institute by matching donations to the Great Cycle Challenge up to $45,000.

    Architectural firms Ridley and JacksonTeece have pledged $30,000 in matched funding to mark their collaboration on the South Point project in South Bank, Brisbane. Fellow event partner Lahey Constructions has also joined in the matched funding effort by offering a further $15,000 for Kick Cancer’s Butt Day.

    All donations made to any of the Great Cycle Challenge’s 6,807 participants this Wednesday will be matched up to $45,000, the amount contributed by the three companies. The funds will go towards CMRI’s research work on developing a new form of treatment designed to target every type of cancer.

    Great Cycle Challenge event manager Greg Johnson said that Kick Cancer’s Butt Day is expected to raise nearly $100,000 thanks to the support of the three companies, with the funds to be used for vital research into treatments and cures for kids’ cancer at CMRI, ensuring Australian children have healthier, brighter futures.

    The Great Cycle Challenge encourages all Australians to ride throughout October to fight kids' cancer. Anyone can take part from any location across the country by riding and logging kilometres via the event’s free app. Launched in 2013, Great Cycle Challenge raised $1.2 million in its first year and has already raised $1.3 million towards its 2014 goal of $1.5 million.

    CMRI Director Professor Roger Reddel observes that initiatives such as the Great Cycle Challenge have already enabled CMRI's researchers to make a number of vital discoveries, with the funds raised by individuals and teams taking part in Great Cycle Challenge accelerating the search for new treatments for childhood cancer.

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