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
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.