IT started four years ago when a Camp Quality volunteer suggested a fundraising bike ride to Newcastle’s Fundraising Coordinator for the charity.
When 36 cyclists pedalled in at the weekend, they were greeted with the news that, over 4 years, they’ve raised over $1 million for kids living with cancer.
The Glencore 1,000 Ks for Kids 2014 raised $290,000 – enough for Camp Quality to support another 72 families who have a child living with cancer for the next year’s worth of their resilience-building support – at hospital, at home, at school and away from it all, at camp.
36 fundraising cyclists and 22 support crew (including masseurs and medics) cycled 1,000 km from Mittagong to Newcastle from September 5-14, 2014.
The Glencore Camp Quality 1,000 K’s 4 Kids has quickly become one of Australia’s most scenic cycle challenges. Last week it passed through the towns of Mittagong, Tarago, Canberra, Harden, Cowra, Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee, Merriwa, Singleton and Newcastle.
The support crew of 22 volunteers offered expert medical and mechanical advice, sports massages and Camp Quality’s signature ‘fun therapy’ to motivate and energise cyclists.
Donna George, Camp Quality’s Newcastle Fundraising Coordinator said: “This bike ride started as an informal conversation between myself and one of our volunteers – Michael Phillips – who said ‘you should do a bike ride.’ If someone had told me back then we’d raise a million dollars over the next four years for kids living with cancer, I’d have had to pinch myself.
“We won’t stop here though – there are plenty more kids Camp Quality needs to help. We’ll be back next year!”
The bike ride has been such a success, it will now expand to run in other states.
First stop will be South Australia in 2015; date tbc: contact Renee.Bezzina@campquality.org.au to express your interest.