After a grueling five-day bike ride through Victoria over 568km, a team of Metricon cyclists have returned home after raising over $222,000 for the Canteen cancer charity.
The team of 24 riders set off from Metricon’s Mount Waverley headquarters and traveled through towns in the Victoria area including Ballarat, Colac, Geelong, Torquay, Lorne Apollo Bay and Rye.
Riders pushed themselves to their physical limits using pedal power to raise vital funds for young Australians affected by cancer.
The canteen offers a free support service to young people aged 12 to 25 who have been diagnosed with cancer themselves or to a member of their family, ensuring that no young person faces cancer alone.
Team Metricon built on the last charity run the team completed in 2019 by more than doubling the number of fundraisers this year.
“It has been an incredible effort by everyone involved in raising funds for such a worthy and important cause that we have now partnered with for three years,” said Metricon Director and Managing Director of Victoria Peter Langfelder after the cyclists returned to Mount Waverley at the end of March
“We are extremely grateful to all the sponsors who have contributed so generously to such an important cause. On behalf of the company and the cyclists, we are very proud to be able to undertake activities like this to help make a difference in the lives of young people affected by cancer.
Canteen general manager Peter Orchard said five days of uninterrupted cycling was an incredible achievement.
“This ride is a wonderful initiative from the Metricon Victorian team. Thank you to everyone at Metricon and their trusted suppliers for taking on this challenge.
“Every dollar donated will make a huge difference in the lives of young Australians affected by cancer. It has been a difficult time for everyone, but for those struggling with cancer on top of COVID, life has been still more difficult.
“Canteen has continued to support young people and their families, but we couldn’t have done it without Metricon’s continued and generous support. Your donation will make a big difference, the money raised will go directly to our specialist counseling services to help young people find the emotional support they need to cope with cancer.
Whether people are dealing with their own diagnosis, the cancer of a loved one, or the loss of a loved one, Canteen offers:
– Connecting with other young people in similar situations through events and programs
– Free advice and individual support
– 24/7 online support communities for young people and parents, and
– Specialized care and support services for young cancer patients in hospital, then our teams help them get back on their feet.
– Donations are always accepted – go to raiseit.org.au/event/metriconcycle-2022/home.