Tour de Cure (Australian charity)

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Tour de Cure is an Australian charity that raises money to fund cancer research, support and prevention programs.[1] It is located in Frenchs Forest, a suburb of Sydney.[2] Tour de Cure organises cycling tours and fundraising events across Australia and also delivers programs promoting cancer prevention to Australian schools. Its major fundraising event is its Winter Snow Ball, which has been held since 2014.[3]

The organisation was founded in 2007 by Geoff Combes, Samantha Hollier-James and Gary Bertwistle. In 2017 the founders were co-nominated for the 2018 NSW Australian of the Year award.[4] They organised the first Tour De Cure Signature Tour, embarking on a fundraising bike ride from Brisbane to Sydney with 29 other riders.[5] Tour de Cure has funded more than 250 cancer projects and achieved 18 world-class cancer breakthroughs since 2007.[6] Current Managing Director, Matt Clarke, joined Tour de Cure in 2016.[7]

By February 2017 the organisation had already raised over A$3 million for the year.[2] In 2017 Tour De Cure also reached a $31 million milestone in donations.[5] Organisations that have received funding from Tour de Cure include leading universities, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Children's Cancer Institute. In 2017 the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, thanked participants in the 2017 Signature Tour, saying, "Groups like Tour De Cure continue to inspire us all."[8]

Tour de Cure cycling events have been joined by well known cyclists including Jens Voigt,[9] Drew Ginn,[10] Matt Formston[11] and Eric Bana,[12] along with Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta[13] and Weekend Sunrise weather presenter James Tobin,[14] who perform live broadcasts daily from each Signature Tour.[15][16]

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  1. ^ "Projects funded by TDC". Tour de Cure. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ellis, Greg (28 February 2017). "More than $510,000 has been raised for a local Tour de Cure ride in the Illawarra this weekend". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Stars hit the red carpet for winter wonderland Snow Ball, raising funds for cancer research and awareness". The Sunday Telegraph. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  4. ^ Lowe, Ali (8 November 2017). "Ultimate accolade in the offing for peninsula cancer fundraisers". Manly Daily. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Our history". Tour de Cure. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  6. ^ D'Agostino, Emma (29 March 2017). "Bendigo woman Gerry Bateman geared up for Tour de Cure". Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Staff". Tour de Cure. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Signature Tour". Tour de Cure. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  9. ^ Erickson, Emily (28 April 2015). "Tour comes to town". Coastal Leader. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  10. ^ White, Lauren (3 May 2016). "Tour de Cure to stop in the Macleay". Macleay Argus. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  11. ^ Dunger, Ellen (4 May 2016). "Cancer tour riders waved into town". The Armidale Express. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  12. ^ Beretta, Mark [@MarkBeretta] (28 March 2017). "Eric Bana rode with us on @tourdecure_aus and smashed out 165km in aid of Cancer research! Thanks legend!" (Tweet). Retrieved 12 November 2017 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Tang, Caroline (22 April 2016). "Channel 7 Sunrise sports presenter, daughter unite for Tour de Cure fundraiser against cancer". Mosman Daily. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  14. ^ Lambert, Olivia (2 April 2014). "JAMES TOBIN: Cancer 'doesn't discriminate'". The Border Mail. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Tour de Cure champions". Yahoo!7. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Stunning trek for Tour de Cure riders". Yahoo!7. Retrieved 12 November 2017.

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