On Sunday, 1 March, 2015 The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, 627 Rode Road, Chermside is holding its 10th annual Cycle of Giving. This unique event has three different distances to choose from, so it doesn't matter if you're a hardened cyclist or a casual rider, you'll be turning your ride into a journey to last a lifetime for those lives you will help to save.
Depending on your level of fitness, you can choose the 100km ride from Landsborough, the 65km ride from Caboolture or the 25km from Redcliffe. You can take part with a team or as an individual and join the thousands of other riders who, over the past decade, have pedalled to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation, medical research and to celebrate life for those people who have received a second chance.
Second chance recipient Kate Phillips finishes 65 kms - photo Dylan Evans
No matter where you start from, you will be in safe hands. Chem Events are providing event management support throughout the journey to ensure you enjoy a well-run and safe event. For more information on this outstanding opportunity to help take a look at the story behind the event here.
You'll not only feel good on the inside but your other sensory functions will be buzzing with the stunning views on offer. During the journey the spectacular backdrop will move from the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains, the breezes and vista when crossing the Hornibrook Bridge Cycleway and then the inland roadways to where it all began a decade ago, The Prince Charles Hospital.
Enjoy the ride and the scenery
As well as all the beautiful scenery drinking water, hydration drinks, gels and fruit available will be available at all three start locations and the finish line. Along the way a Merlo Coffee Cart will be at the Landsborough start location and the finish line at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside. In order to restock your carbohydrates, there will also be other food available at the finish line including, coffee and a sausage sizzle.
The ride's over - now where's that sausage sizzle? - photo Dylan Evans
Register now to start your ride at Landsborough, Caboolture or Redcliffe either with a team or as an individual.
Early entry fees for each person and starting times for each leg of the ride are: Landsborough entry fee of $60.00 and starting at 6.45am
Caboolture entry fee of $60.00 and starting at 8.00am Redcliffe entry fee of $30.00 and starting at 9.00am
Online registrations close at midnight on Thursday, 26 February 2015 but you can still register to join the ride on the day. However, the entry fees will increase to $70, $70 and $35.
Because everybody is a winner at the Cycle of Giving there is no prize for coming first. However, prizes associated with fundraising thanks to event sponsors, Merlo Coffee, include:
A coffee machine and free coffee for a year for the Highest Individual Fundraiser;
A Money Can't Buy Coffee Appreciation Experience evening with Dean Merlo for up to 14 people for the Highest Fundraising Team; and
Random prize draws on the day for riders who raise over $250, $500 and $1,000.
Top fund raisers also get:
Limited edition 10th Anniversary Cycle of Giving cycling caps for raising over $250;
Limited edition 10th Anniversary Cycle of Giving jerseys for the first 100 participants to raise over $550; and
Participants raising $1,000 go in the draw to win a range of other major prizes.
Train and then ride
Queensland Rail has organised a special charter train from Roma Street to Landsborough, stopping at Carseldine and Caboolture stations to get cyclists to their starting location. Once at the start line ,you will be greeted with a magnificent Merlo Coffee and a snack to fuel you up for the road ahead.
Remember, the Cycle of Giving is not just a journey for a few hours, it's the start of a journey to last a lifetime for those whose lives are saved as a result of the funds raised. The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation does not receive any government funding and all the funds donated are applied directly to health and medical research; which currently involves 120 lifesaving projects.
If you would like to help out but are not much of a cyclist you could join the fun as a volunteer for the event. The Foundation relies heavily on a team of dedicated volunteers to help with events and over 100 volunteers are needed to help the Cycle of Giving in a range of areas, including road marshalling, registering cyclists at the three start locations, acting as route marshals or helping set up and/or packing down at the Chermside finishing line.
To join in the fun as a volunteer, phone the Foundation's Events Manager, Bronwyn Glass on (07) 3139 4915 or email Bronwyn.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this fantastic event, check out the The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation's event's page here, email at Bronwyn.Glass@tpchfoundation.org.au or phone Bronwyn on 3139 4915.