07 May 2019

Tour de Cure Australia Reaches $50Million Fundraising Milestone

2019 Signature Tour from Sydney To Geelong Sets New Fundraising Benchmark To Find A Cure For Cancer (3-11 May 2019)

  • Tour de Cure's 2019 Signature Tour (3-11 May 2019) on way from Sydney to Geelong with Corryong, Beechworth, Shepparton, Daylesford and Geelong the next stops (7-11 May 2019)
  • Tony “Plugger” Lockett (AFL), Mark Beretta and James Tobin (7 Sunrise), Jens Voigt (ex-Tour de France Rider), Darren Mara (SBS News) amongst 200-strong team raising funds to end cancer
  • Tour fundraising goal of $2.5million, over $10million for Tour de Cure in 2019
  • 9 days, Sydney to Geelong, 1400km, 16,238 elevation, 200 riders + support crew
  • Mark Beretta’s 10th ride

Tour de Cure Australia reached a major milestone today after hitting the $50 million-dollar mark in its 12-years of fundraising for cancer research, prevention and support.

Currently on its 13th Signature Tour, the team will be riding from Jindabyne to Corryong today on their nine-day, 1400km journey from Sydney to Geelong (3-11 May 2019).

“We’re very excited that we’ve just gone past $50million and it’s hard to think that 12 years ago a small group of people got together with a dream to raise $2million dollars in four years. You add more amazing people into the mix, you bring in corporates that share the journey, you enrol communities and here we are and I’m absolutely proud as punch,” Tour de Cure Australia co-founder Geoff Coombes reflected on the years since embarking on the first Tour de Cure in 2007.

“Cancer is formidable. We need more money; the researchers are doing great work but they just need funds. They have brilliant ideas and the progress that has been made in the last decade is incredible and I think the progress in the next decade is going to be leaps and bounds. I want my children not to have to worry about cancer and we are on the right way but we need to do more,” Geoff Coombes said about the goals ahead.

Tour de Cure Australia started in 2007 and since then has now raised over $50million, funded 425 cancer projects, contributed to over 26 cancer advances or breakthroughs, and talked to over 120,000 school children about making healthy lifestyle decisions.

Amongst the passionate group of people, who have been supporting Tour de Cure for the past decade is Channel 7’s Sunrise host Mark Beretta, who is one of seven Tour de Cure Board Members and is part of Tour de Cure’s Signature Tour for the tenth consecutive year. In recognition of Beretta’s ongoing dedication to Tour de Cure, the final destination of this year’s Signature Tour is Geelong, Beretta’s hometown.

“This is massive news today. 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 officially raised $50 million for cancer research, prevention and support. That is an unthinkable milestone and it’s only possible thanks to the generosity 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.

“The $50million dollars keep Australian researchers working at the forefront of cancer research and that’s rare cancers, cancers that often don’t get a lot of attention and that money is helping them getting their first steps of their research up and going. And once they become big, they get better funding from bigger sources, but we really help that grassroots level of research and we are so proud to do that, because that’s where some incredible breakthroughs come from,” Mark Beretta added.

“50-million is a major milestone and we will celebrate that. That’s something for everyone to celebrate across Australia who has been on board with Tour de Cure and that is tenth of thousands of Australians. Thank you so much for everyone’s support and we can all just take a moment and reflect on how important and how significant that is. But we are not done. We have a long way to go with research and with our Tour De Cure ride this year, so please keep supporting the riders. Families, friends, sponsors, get behind this event and let’s make a really big difference. Let’s be the nation that finds the cures for cancer. How great would that be.”

Amongst other well-known names on this year’s Signature Tour are AFL Hall of Famer Tony “Plugger” Lockett, 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 taken on the challenging route over 1400km through cities and regional communities in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria with the team to arrive in Geelong on Saturday.

“This level of fundraising would not have been possible without our corporate partners and our big Tour de Cure family. I’m absolutely delighted and so excited to have been part of this journey and I also want to thank the researchers for all their passion and dedication working with our patients as they go through this massive and hard cancer journey. We still have a long way to go to get over this disease though. Our goal is to hit $60 million by 2020 and to deliver 40 cancer breakthroughs. We are not there yet and we need to keep going. We’ve got the motivation and the people are more passionate than ever before,” Tour de Cure’s Chairman of the Board Bruno Maurel said about the goals ahead.

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 is donating $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 are 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 is 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.

For more information on this year’s Signature Tour route and the individual communities the team is visiting, please see the 2019 tour details below.

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


From Sydney to Geelong
3 – 11 May 2019

2019 Route & Schedule
1 Friday 3 May Sydney (NSW Stage Ride) Kiama 130kms 1,466m

2 Saturday 4 May Kiama (NSW Stage Ride) Goulburn 178kms 2,679m

3 Sunday 5 May Goulburn (NSW Stage Ride) Canberra 132kms 1,153m

4 Monday 6 May Canberra Jindabyne 182kms 2,316m

5 Tuesday 7 May Jindabyne Corryong 140kms 2,848m

6 Wednesday 8 May Corryong Beechworth 148kms 1,922m

7 Thursday 9 May Beechworth Shepparton 140kms 705m

8 Friday 10 May Shepparton (VIC Stage Ride) Daylesford 198kms 1,703m

9 Saturday 11 May Daylesford (VIC Stage Ride) Geelong 152kms 1,446m

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

Signature Tour Fundraising Target
2019 Target - $2.5million
2018 Funds Raised - $2.7million
2017 Funds Raised - $2.2million
2016 Funds Raised - $3million
2015 Funds Raised: $2.2million
Total funds Raised over ten years of event: $18million

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

See detailed daily itineraries for more information:

Day 5 – Tues 7 May – Jindabyne to Corryong – 140kms, 2848m elevation
6:30am – 7:30am: Breakfast at Banjo Paterson Park, Kosciusko Rd, Jindabyne
9:45am: Morning tea, Thredbo Village Green
12:45pm-2:15pm: Lunch at airstrip at the back of Geehi Flats Campground, Alpine Way, Geehi
3:00pm – 4:15pm: Afternoon tea, Alpine Inn Khancoban, 1399 Alpine Way, Khancoban
4:15pm – 5:00pm: Arrival Khancoban and Corryong
6:45pm – 8:00pm: Team Community Dinner, Youth Club Hall, 14 Donaldson St, Corryong

Day 6 – Wed 8 May –Corryong to Beechworth – 148kms, 1,922m elevation
6:30am – 7:30am: Breakfast at Man From Snowy River Park behind Corryong Visitor Centre, 50 Hanson St, Corryong
8:45am – 9:30am: School visit, Corryong College, 1/17 Murray Valley Hwy, Corryong
9:45am – 10:15am: Morning Tea, Koetong Pub, 6156 Murray Valley Hwy, Koetong
11:00am – 11:45am: School visit, Tallangatta Primary School, 1 Wonga Grove, Tallangatta
11:00am – 11:45am: School visit, St Michaels Primary School, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Tallangatta
11:45am – 12:15pm: Lunch at Tallangatta Foreshore Reserve, Lakeside Dr, Tallangatta
2:30pm – 3:00pm: School visit, Yackandandah, 39 High St, Yackandandah
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Arrival and recovery at Golden Heritage, 51 Sydney Rd, Beechworth
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Team Community Dinner, Bridge Road Brewers, 50 Ford St, Beechworth

Day 7 – Thurs 9 May – Beechworth to Shepparton – 140kms, 705m elevation
6:45am – 7:30am: Breakfast at Beechworth Historic Court House, 94 Ford St, Beechworth
9:00am – 9:30am: School visit, Wangaratta Primary School, Chisholm St, Wangaratta
9:00am – 9:30am: School visit, Milawa Primary School, Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa
9:30am – 10:00am: Morning teat Apex Park, Clements St, Wangaratta
11:30am – 12:00pm: Lunch at Devenish Silo Art Park, Main St, Devenish
2:00pm – 2:45pm: School visit, St Georges Rd Primary School, 120 St Georges Rd, Shepparton
2:00pm – 2:45pm: School visit, St Brenden’s Primary School, 143/149 Knight St, Shepparton
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Arrival, afternoon tea and team recovery at Lake Victoria Park, off Tom Collins Dr, Shepparton
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Team Community Dinner Eastbank Auditorium, Riverlinks Venues, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton

Day 8 – Frid 10 May – Shepparton to Hepburn Springs – 198kms, 1,703m elevation
6:00am – 6:45am: Breakfast at Lake Victoria Park, off Tom Collins Dr, Shepparton
8:45am – 9:15am: Morning tea at Rushworth Town Centre Park, High St, Rushworth
12:15am – 12:45pm: Lunch at Barrack Reserve, Barrack St, Heathcote
12:15pm – 12:45pm: School visit, Heathcote Primary School, 31 Herriot St, Heathcote
2:15pm – 2:45pm: Afternoon tea, Park at Malmsbury Town Hall, Ellesmere Pl, Malmsbury
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Arrival and team recovery, Bellinzona, 77 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Team Community Dinner Bellinzona Resort, 77 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs

Day 9 – Sat 11 May –Hepburn Springs to Geelong – 152kms, 1,446m elevation
6:30am – 7:15am: Lake Daylesford Foreshore Daylesford
7:15am – 8:15am: Weekend Sunrise Cross, Lake Daylesford Carpark, 2 Leggett St, Daylesford
10:00am – 9:15am: Morning tea at Rushworth Town Centre Park, High St, Rushworth
12:15am – 10:30am: Morning tea, De-Soza Park, 48 Warrenheip St, Buninyong
3:15pm – 4:00pm: Regroup for Finale at Rippleside Park, 42 Bell Pde, Rippleside
4:15pm – 4:30pm: Team Finale Arrival, Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Team Cocktail Celebration, Novotel Geelong, 10-14 Eastern Beach, Geelong

All daily itineraries and school stops can be found here: http://bit.ly/Itinerary19

About Cancer funding in Australia and the Tour de Cure story
In 2017 the Federal government funded $174.8Million in cancer research through its NHMRC program, however this represents only 13-15% of requests made from Australian cancer researchers in that same year.

There is a gap in how much research the government can fund and that is why TdC exists. TdC raises money through personal and corporate donations for bike rides, walks, health challenges and gala events to fund much needed cancer research, prevention and support programs.

Over the last 12 years, TdC has raised $50Million, funded 425 cancer projects, contributed to over 26 cancer advances or breakthroughs, and talked to over 120,000 school children about making healthy lifestyle decisions.

While this sounds impressive, Tour de Cure has only been able to fund a quarter of all cancer project grant applications made to TdC each year. Tour de Cure is determined to fund more to allow the continuation of vital cancer research in Australia.

Tour de Cure aims to keep Australians busily engaged in cancer research and hopes to reach its goal of $60Million by 2020.

Tour de Cure’s work could not be done without the continued support from corporate partners and donations by everyday Australians.


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