30 July 2018
Almost 85 dedicated riders will take off from Port Augusta this Thursday, 2 August for the annual Apex Outback Postie Ride, raising much needed funds to support Cancer Council SA.
The ride will see participants travel up to 1,000 kilometres over four days on Honda CT 110 “postie bikes” through the picturesque Flinders Ranges and over tough off-road terrain to make a difference to the lives of those South Australians impacted by cancer.
The ride has become an iconic event in the local community, raising almost $850,000 since it started 11 years ago. Each rider commits to raise $500 in the lead up to the ride, with some raising at much as $14,000.
100% of funds raised through the annual event go towards funding the Apex Copper Coast Retreats based in the beautiful coastal town of Wallaroo. The retreats provide a week of free accommodation to South Australians and their families impacted by cancer, giving them a much needed break at a time when they need it most.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said that the event is a fantastic example of community spirit in action and makes a huge difference to the lives of South Australian families impacted by cancer.
“The Apex Copper Coast Retreat consist of three purpose-built luxurious holiday units located at the Wallaroo Holiday Park on the Yorke Peninsula.”
“The retreats simply would not be possible without the inspirational work of the riders who come together every year to fundraise and participate in the event,” he said.
“Through their dedication and commitment we have been able to offer a much needed break to countless families impacted by cancer, which makes a huge difference, particularly when they are in the middle of cancer treatment. It’s a really special initiative and we are unbelievably grateful to all the riders who have committed to take part again this year,” he said.
For Vicki Stamatakis and her mum, who used the services earlier this year, the accommodation was a safe haven when they needed it most. Vicki’s mum was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the start of the year and after calling 13 11 20, was told about the Apex Retreats.
They spent a week at the holiday park as a family after her mum’s first round of treatment, which she said was the perfect getaway.
“The holiday gave us the most beautiful gift of spending precious time together and mum finally got a chance to have some time away.”
“I really did see a change in her, she was a lot more relaxed, and was allowed some time away from the doctors and hospital visits. Mum still has more treatment ahead of her but we’re optimistic. The break really did help her reset before she faces more challenges ahead,” said Vicki.
The Apex Outback Postie Ride will take off from Port Augusta on Thursday, 2 August at 7:00am.
For more information on the Ride visit: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/apexoutbackpostiebikeride.