RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER – VIKINGS STAFF ON A MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, RAISING $14,600
Written by Mitch Longman, Vikings Group Staff Member and Rider
There are very few lives that aren’t touched by cancer in one way or another.
All of our lives are profoundly different since the recent loss of loved ones to cancer. This year we all decided to gear up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefitting the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. This was our contribution to raising hope for those living with cancer.
When we signed up to take on the 200km ride, we set a goal of raising $10,000. Throughout the months leading up to the ride, we were unsure if we would be able to reach our target, but worked hard in various ways to get there.
By selling meat raffle tickets throughout the Vikings clubs, donation tins on bars and of course, our trivia fundraising event that we held at Vikings Lanyon. We received unbelievable support from local businesses, Vikings Group members as well as staff and management of all 4 Vikings Group clubs. With all this support and hard work, we were able to raise a total of $14,600 which will help with clinical trials and patient care at the cancer hospital.
On 10 October 2015, our team of four riders set out on Day 1 of our journey from Sydney Olympic Park, and rode 95km out to the Blue Mountains. Arriving at camp for the night, Dylan and I came to the horrible realisation that we didn’t bring any sleeping equipment. Although the ride organisers provided a tent for us to sleep, without any mats, pillows or sleeping bags, it wasn’t a pleasant sleep – and boy does it get cold in the Blue Mountains at night.
The return journey on Day 2 was 110km back to Sydney. Our bodies were quite sore but all riders involved were very supportive and motivating. The feeling when crossing the finish line was an awesome feeling. For me, my first 100km day ride, first 200km weekend and what was even better was knowing we had helped raise money that would assist people living with cancer, and hopefully one day help find a cure for this horrible disease.
The ride has given us all a lot of motivation to help others, and we are really passionate about taking part, or even organising an event of our own every year that will help push our boundaries, and also assist people that are less fortunate then ourselves.