Coronis cycling for Cancer Cure
Queensland property group Coronis commenced the 2016 Tour De Office this morning, Monday, September 5, with the goal of raising $40,000 for Smiling for Smiddy, a foundation that funds cancer research at the Mater.
Located out the front of Coronis HQ in Lutwyche, a team of 160 riders made up from Coronis’ 22 offices, the Smiling for Smiddy team and the Mater Foundation will ride two bikes consecutively between 8:30am and 5pm every day until Friday, September 9. The 40-hour bike challenge is designed to promote a healthy workplace, raise money for charity and to have some fun.
After raising a phenomenal $33,000+ for Diabetes Queensland and topping the 2015 Tour De Office fundraising board, Coronis Managing Director Andrew Coronis said the team had set the goal of raising $40,000 during the 2016 event.
“Our team thoroughly enjoyed riding in the 2015 Tour De Office event, getting up from our desks and having some fun together all while raising funds to support our community,” Mr Coronis said.
“This year, we’re continuing to promote a healthy, active office and have chosen to support Smiling for Smiddy, an Australian charity that has raised more than $7 million to date for cancer research through organised bike rides and triathlons in memory of Adam Smiddy who passed away in 2006 from an aggressive melanoma.
“We’ve kick-started the 2016 event amazingly well having already raised more than $14,000 so I’m sure we’re in for another week of intense competition between our riders on the bikes.
“I’m especially looking forward to tomorrow when Phil Anderson, the first Australian to wear the Yellow Jersey in the Tour De France will join us and jump on the bike for an hour as part of the Coronis team.”
Donations to Smiling for Smiddy can be made at: https://tourdeoffice.com/companies/coronis
Phil Anderson Profile
Phil Anderson OAM is one of Australia’s cycling heroes. He won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, turned pro and joined the intensely competitive professional European road circuit with a career spanning 16 years and culminating with another Commonwealth gold in 1994, the year of his retirement.
Anderson is well known for being the first Australian (and first non-European) to win the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France. His daring challenge of the French favourite, Bernard Hinault and his exploits on the road, are stories full of pain, fierce determination and excitement. Ultimately Phil Anderson won the yellow jersey 11 times and rose to number one in the world.
Since his retirement in 1994 Phil Anderson has worked as a consultant / expert to the cycling fraternity in addition to media commitment’s, sports commentary and sports development. He currently sits on the board of the 2010 World Championship consultative committee and is the cycling patron for the Amy Gillett Foundation. Phil Anderson’s Cycling Down Under got roots back in the mid-nineties and today offers premium trips to ‘Le Tour’ where the cycling aficionado will witness this historic event and have the chance to tackle some of the event’s monumental climbs. Phil’s boutique tours are designed to capture the enthusiasm, energy and culture of the grand tour, one day classic or the camaraderie of riding weekends to experience challenging locations.
Between 2000 and 2003, Phil developed a lifestyle property which included a successful accommodation business located on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. The business and property has since been sold affording him time on developing Phil Anderson’s Cycling Down Under, and other business ventures.
Smiling for Smiddy is a foundation that was set up in memory of Adam Smiddy, a talented triathlete who passed away in 2006 from an aggressive melanoma at the age of 26. Since its inception, the Smiddy team have raised more than $7 million to fund cancer research at the Mater.
Australian Melanoma statistics:
12,960 people were diagnosed with melanoma in Australia in 2015
1675 people are predicted to die from melanoma in Australia every year
Melanoma is one of the ten most common cancers in both men and women in Australia.
Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, with Queensland having the highest melanoma rates in the world.
One in 13 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with melanoma before age 85.
Over 3100 people are estimated to be diagnosed with melanoma in Queensland every year