Ballarat Cycle Classic - The History
Started in 2008, by a volunteer committee that had been touched by the loss of a friend from Cancer. They wanted to do something to help and the Ballarat Cycle Classic was born. The event received outstanding support from the City of Ballarat, local business, and the community with over 750 cyclists participating and raising $75,000 for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. Since 2008, over $1.6 million has been raised for Cancer Research.
Today the event has grown beyond a Cycling event to include a run, walk and a variety of biking formats and is now known as the Reach4Research. The event shows great stability and continuity and has become a significant community event for both the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute and the region.
100% of your entry fee supports Cancer Research.
In current rates, it is expected that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
The mission of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute is to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer by making an internationally recognised contribution to cancer research.
Opened in 1998, the Institute was inspired by Ballarat teenager Fiona Elsey who lost her fight with cancer in 1991. Today, the Institute is led by Director of Research, Professor George Kannourakis and is making enormous progress in unlocking the riddles of cancer, including a world-first trial into individualising chemotherapy treatments for patients.
The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute relies on the generous support of the community to continue our operations. For over 20 years, we have worked hand in hand with our community and generous individuals who are passionate about fighting cancer through research. With your support, our research into more effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer can continue, creating better outcomes for those diagnosed along with their friends and families. Community based fundraising events are a wonderful way to raise funds whilst increasing awareness and understanding of the work of the Institute.
For more information on the Institute, visit www.fecri.org.au