11 May 2019

Tour de Cure Australia Finishes In Geelong Today

2019 Signature Tour Celebrates Fundraising Benchmark To Find A Cure For Cancer Reaching $50Million Fundraising Milestone (2007-2019) & $10Million in 2019

  • Tour de Cure's 2019 Signature Tour (3-11 May 2019) arrives in Geelong today, Saturday, 11 May 2019, Steampacket Gardens, ETA 3:00 p.m.
  • Tony “Plugger” Lockett (AFL), Mark Beretta and James Tobin (7 Sunrise), Darren Mara (SBS News) amongst 200-strong team raising funds to end cancer
  • Mark Beretta’s 10th ride
  • $50 million raised 2007-19
  • $10 million raised in 2019
  • 9 days, Sydney to Geelong, 1400km, 16,238 elevation, 200 riders + support crew

The 2019 Tour de Cure Signature Tour will arrive in Geelong this afternoon, Saturday, 11 May after covering 1400km and 16,238m of elevation over the last nine days. The Team of over 200 riders and support team left Sydney's Martin Place on Friday, 3 May and is expected to arrive in Geelong at Steampacket Gardens at 3:00 p.m.

Well-known names on this year’s Signature Tour are AFL Hall of Famer Tony “Plugger” Lockett, Channel 7’s Sunrise host Mark Beretta, Channel 7 weatherman James Tobin, reporter and SBS World News presenter Darren Mara as well as cancer survivor and public speaker Jake Bailey who have been riding on the challenging route over 1400km through cities and regional communities in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria.

In recognition of Mark Beretta’s ongoing dedication to Tour de Cure, the final destination of this year’s Signature Tour is Geelong, Beretta’s hometown. Beretta is one of seven Tour de Cure Board Members and is part of Tour de Cure’s Signature Tour for the tenth consecutive year.

Tour de Cure Australia reached two major milestones this week hitting the $50 million-dollar mark in its 12-years of fundraising for cancer research, prevention and support. On Thursday, Tour de Cure also reached the $10 million-dollar mark in fundraising for the year 2019.

“We had some massive news this week. I’m so excited and it’s amazing what a small group of people can achieve when they put their shoulder to the wheel. Since its inception 13 years ago, Tour de Cure has now raised $50 million and $10 million in 2019 alone for cancer research, prevention and support. These are unthinkable milestones that have only been possible thanks to the generosity of tens of thousands of Australians and all our riders, our team, our support crew, their families and their friends who have sponsored them over the years,” Mark Beretta said.

“We will have lots of reasons to celebrate when we arrive in Geelong today and I hope we get a big crowd. Thank you so much for everyone’s support, but we are not done. We have a long way to go with research, so please keep supporting the riders. Families, friends, sponsors, get behind this event and Tour de Cure and let’s make a really big difference. Let’s be the nation that finds the cures for cancer. How great would that be.”

Tour de Cure is passionate about helping people who are touched by cancer, particularly individuals and families in regional communities where care and support for cancer patients is limited. On each overnight stop on the 2019 Signature Tour, Tour de Cure donated $10,000 to local cancer projects, illustrating the impact that this has on people affected by cancer in regional communities.

The nine communities along the way of Sydney, Kiama, Goulburn, Canberra, Jindabyne, Corryong, Beechworth, Shepparton and Daylesford were presented with a $10,000 donation each for their selected local cancer projects.

Raising awareness that 1 in 3 cancers are preventable also is a key focus for Tour de Cure and the Signature Tour team has been visiting local primary schools along the way to educate more than 3,000 children through Tour de Cure’s Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy program, that by making simple, healthy lifestyle choices, they can reduce their cancer risk.

The public is invited to come down to Steampacket Gardens in Geelong this afternoon, 11 May, at 3pm to celebrate the Tour de Cure Signature 2019 arrival.


Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Followed by the official celebration at the Novotel 10-14 Eastern Beach, Geelong

To find out more about Tour de Cure’s work, sign up for a tour or an event, or make a tax deductable donation go to tourdecure.com.au


From Sydney to Geelong

3 – 11 May 2019

Team on Tour – 232 people

Riders – 173

Stage Riders – 30

Support Crew – 29

See the team profiles here: https://www.tourdecure.com.au/tours/signature-tour-2019/tour-team/

Route Details

1,400 km, 16,238 elevation

2019 School Visits

3,000 school children will take part in the Tour de Cure 'BE FIT, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY' cancer education experience.

Signature Tour Cancer Projects & Grants

9 communities (Sydney, Kiama, Goulburn, Canberra, Jindabyne, Corryong, Beechworth, Shepparton and Daylesford) will be presented with a $10,000 donation each for their selected local cancer projects during Signature Tour 2019

Day 0 Sydney, Thurs 2 May: $10,000 donated to Nelune Foundation

Day 1 Kiama, Frid 3 May: $10,000 donated to Illawara Cancer Carers

Day 2 Goulburn, Sat 4 May: $10,000 donated to Goulburn CanAssist

Day 3 Canberra, Sun 5 May: $10,000 donated to Unicorn Foundation

Day 4 Jindabyne, Mon, 6 May: $10,000 donated to Eurobodalla Oncology + Melanoma Institute

Day 5, Corryong, Tues 7 May: $10,000 donated to Upper Murray Community + Health Services

Day 6, Beechworth, Wed 8 May: $10,000 donated to Brave Hearts on the Murray

Day 7, Shepparton, Thurs 9 May: $10,000 donated to Peter Copulos Cancer + Wellness Center

Day 8, Hepburn Springs, Frid, 10 May: OTIS Foundation + Breast Cancer Retreat


Day 9, Saturday, 11 May 2019


7-8:30am Departure Daylesford

9:00-10:30: Morning tea at Rushworth Town Centre Park, High St, Rushworth

9:00am – 10:30am: Morning tea, De-Soza Park, 48 Warrenheip St, Buninyong

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch: Bunjil's Lookout, Steig

2:15-2:45pm: Regroup for Finale at Rippleside Park, 42 Bell Pde, Rippleside

3pm: Team Finale Arrival, Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Team Cocktail Celebration, Novotel Geelong, 10-14 Eastern Beach, Geelong


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Media Contact:

Cora Zillich, Communications, Tour de Cure

E: cora@tourdecure.com.au

M: 0448 007 443

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