South West Bike Trek

Over $35,000 raised from the 2020 South West Bike Trek!

From October 11 to 17, the 18th annual South West Bike Trek took place, organised once again by long-time CLCRF supporter Eric Maddock. The event saw 15 enthusiastic riders embarking on the 600km journey from Perth to Augusta to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

We are so thrilled to announce that over $35,000 was raised for the Foundation this year! This is an incredible achievement, considering the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reduced peloton of 15.

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CLCRF ride with BJR

Source: Brad Jones Racing – Thurs, 15 October 2020

Brad Jones Racing is proud to support the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation at the Bathurst 1000.

CLCRF is a Western Australia charity that is close to both team owners, Brad and Kim Jones, hearts. BJR will carry the charity’s emblem on the B-Pillar of Nick Percat & Thomas Randle’s Supercar to raise awareness for this extraordinary charity.

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Riders pumped for 600km trek to aid cause

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Times – Mon, 5 October 2020 9:25AM
Author: Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times

Determined bike riders are pumping up their tyres ahead of this month’s South West Bike Trek, a 600km journey between Perth and Augusta. The 15 riders will set off from South Perth Foreshore on October 11, with hopes of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

Trek co-ordinator and foundation member Eric Maddock has been involved in the event for the past 12 years after his great-niece was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of four. Mr Maddock said the treatment and support she received left him with an overwhelming sense of wanting to “pay it back”.

Australia has one of the highest occurrences of childhood cancer in the world, with 600 children diagnosed every year, and the trek has raised almost $700,000 for the foundation since its beginning 18 years ago. The trek is conducted at a leisurely pace, encouraging riders to work together to ensure each other’s wellbeing.

Foundation head Kylie Dalton said the foundation would have been heavily affected if the trek was cancelled this year.

“The trek is our biggest fundraising event each year. Having the community riders who get involved and do this type of ride, it means more than just the fundraising, it allows those riders to continue to share our stories along the way.”

Schools were encouraged to support the riders through gold-coin donation days, and event organisers have called on the public to “adopt a rider” to assist with fundraising efforts.

The nine-day trek will conclude in Augusta on October 17. To adopt a rider, visit swbiketrek.com.au.

South West Bike Trek 2020

Source: 97.3 CoastFM – 2 October 2020

On Sunday 11th October, The South West Bike Trek begins in Perth and finishes in Augusta on Saturday, 17th October. The event will involve 15 mature aged riders, who will make the 600km trek to raise money for the Children’s Leukemia & Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF).

The South West Bike Trek is the biggest purely volunteer run fundraising event for childhood cancer in WA and since it started in 2002, has raised close to $700,000 for CLCRF.

This year, organizers are calling for the public to “adopt a rider” in an effort to assist the fundraising efforts of the 15 incredible riders who have signed up for the challenge. Due to COVID-19 severely impacting the riders’ ability to fundraise, schools are also being encouraged to support riders by holding gold coin donation days.

It’s such a wonderful event that almost never happened this year due to COVID-19 and they’d love to get the word out about this incredibly important event.

There are a number of riders from Mandurah and surrounds involved in the trek as well!

The 2020 South West Bike Trek is expected to follow the below schedule:

Day 1 Sunday 11 October – South Perth to Fairbridge
Day 2 Monday 12 October – Fairbridge to Preston return
Day 3 Tuesday 13 October – Fairbridge to Harvey
Day 4 Wednesday 14 October – Harvey to Bunbury
Day 5 Thursday 15 October – Bunbury to Busselton
Day 6 Friday 16 October – Busselton to Margaret River
Day 7 Saturday 17 October – Margaret River to Augusta

For more information about the event, head to: https://swbiketrek.com.au/
To donate to and support a rider, head to: https://swbiketrek.com.au/support-riders/

Riders excited for 2020 trek

Source: Bunbury Mail – September 30 2020 – 10:29AM

WA’s premier charity bike ride is back for its 18th anniversary when 15 riders take to the road on October 11.

The trek will see the riders travel 600 kilometres from Perth to Augusta in the hope of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF). After cycling through some WA’s most spectacular roads the riders will finish in August on October 17.

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South West Trek to raise money for childhood cancer

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail – September 30 2020 – 10:29AM

WA’s premier charity bike ride is back for its 18th anniversary when 15 riders take to the road on October 11.

The trek will see the riders travel 600 kilometres from Perth to Augusta in the hope of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF). After cycling through some WA’s most spectacular roads the riders will finish in August on October 17.

The event has been organised once again by South West Bike Trek coordinator and foundation member Eric Maddock, with the help of local Lions and Rotary Clubs. There are a range of riders from Mandurah, Harvey and Bunbury taking on the challenge.

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WA charity bike ride hopes to raise $40,000 for Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation

Source: MICEBTN – Wednesday 23 September 2020

Western Australia’s charity bike ride is back for its 18th anniversary, with 15 riders set to make the epic 600km journey from Perth to Augusta in the hope of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF).
This year’s trek will begin on Sunday, 11 October from Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth foreshore, with riders travelling across some of the most spectacular roads in WA before winding up in Augusta on Saturday, 17 October.

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South Yunderup great-grandmother to ride 600km for children’s charity

Source: Mandurah Mail: Sept 8 2020: 2:58pm
Author: Justin Rake

She’s conquered depression, and now she’s out to conquer the physical world. She’s 81-year-old great-grandmother Paula Prynne of South Yunderup, and her story is nothing short of an inspiration. Next month Paula will ride her bike across a 600-kilometre journey from Perth to Augusta as part of the South West Bike Trek, raising funds for children’s cancer research.

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Riders to tackle trek

Source: South Western Times – Written by: Zoe Keenan
Friday, 11 October 2019 8:33AM

More than 20 cyclists from Perth and the South West will hit the road on Sunday for a week-long ride to raise money for children’s cancer research.

The South West Bike Trek will see 24 riders start in Subiaco and journey through the South West in the hope of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

Along the way riders will stop off at Fairbridge, Preston, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River.

Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will be participating for their second and sixth year respectively, and will cover a gruelling 600km.

Neither have a tie to the cause and simply signed up for the challenge of the ride, but Mr Pritchard said it was not long until he found himself wanting to do more to raise money for the cause.

“I originally did the ride for the challenge but then got caught up in the fundraising of the ride and I’ve done other things here and there with the foundation now,” he said.

“The friendships and the way the group bonds is amazing… by the third day you’re one big family.”

On Tuesday riders will visit Shire of Harvey offices for an afternoon tea and have dinner at the Rotary Club of Harvey.

On Wednesday the riders will take students from Harvey Primary School for a spin before attending dinner at the South Bunbury Rotary Club.

Image: Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will participate in this year’s ride. Picture: Zoe Keenan

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