600k Bike Ride for Charity
The idea of cycling 600km starts from more humble beginnings. In 2012, Gavan, our former colleague saw a charity ride for cancer and immediately got involved! Then he became involved in a ride called The Five Dams Challenge on his fixed gear bike! He travelled 235 Km in one day riding from Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth, round trip encompassing Mundaring Weir, Churchman Brook, Canning Dam, Wungong Dam, and Serpentine Dam. It was Craig, who is part of the MAMILs group, who was impressed by Gavan’s challenge and so invited him to join the cycling group.
MAMILS teams actually originates from two friends who had known each other since early high school in the mid 80’s. One discovered that they had throat cancer (a husband and father of two young children was anxious about his then grim journey of treatment and recovery) and the other friend felt rather helpless about it all until he saw an ad on TV for the ride and then signed himself up to commit to raise $2,500 and ride 200km in two days.
The now fully recovered cancer survivor signed himself and his mate up for the 2013 ride and thus team MAMILS was born! This two person team quickly grew to ten. Each member of the team must commit to raise $2,500 to be able to even ride the 200km event!
This year will be the second time MAMILs will ride from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Last year it took them four days to travel the 600 kilometres. The aim and goal for this cycling achievement will again be to increase the profile of the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer and raise funds for the Harry Perkins Institute – Cancer Research for the Goldfields.
Click here to check out the MAMILS website
Good luck everyone!