The annual Snowy Ride this weekend kicked off a massive summer of events in Thredbo, with motorbike riders from around the country rolling into the Snowy Mountains raising money for the Steven Walter Foundation for research into a cure for childhood cancer.
Now in its 15th year, the Snowy Ride saw over 2,300 riders of all ages, on bikes of all sizes, from all parts of Australia trip around the 400km Snowies circuit visiting Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala, Khancoban, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo.
Organisers of the annual event were ecstatic with the numbers.
“We are again overwhelmed by the support of the motorbike community, this year over 2,300 riders have joined the ride.” said Snowy Ride founder and Director of the Steven Walter Foundation Sue Walter.
Professors, nurses and research staff from the Children’s Hospital, made the trip to Thredbo to personally thank participants and to let the crowd know how important their contribution is, to help fight the battle of cancer in children.
Professor Glenn Marshall Director of Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children’s Hospital said the funds raised are crucial in the fight against childhood cancer
“The Snowy Ride has enabled us to fund vital research and clinical trials in childhood cancer, with the continuing support of the Steven Walter Foundation we are aiming to ‘meet the challenge’ of a 100% cure rate” said Mr Marshall.
Other special guests included little patients and their families from the Children’s Hospital who were treated to motorbike rides, activities and a fly in the Australian Navy helicopter across the weekend.
The days riding culminated in a mass ride of 600 bikes along the Alpine Way to Thredbo.
To date, over 15 years, the Snowy Ride has raised over to $6 million.
As the sun went down on another successful event, the popular Brewster Bros rocked the crowd as a thank you to Snowy Ride participants and organisers.
The Snowy Ride is certainly a boon for the local economy, during a traditional quiet period visitors expected to inject close to $3 million into region.
“Outside of the ski season, the Snowy Ride is the biggest event in the Snowy Mountains region and each year we are just amazed by the generosity of the motorcycle riders and pillions who come along to support the event” said Sue Walter.
The Snowy Ride kicks off a massive summer of events in Thredbo, with a jam packed calendar boasting something for everyone.
Snowy Ride Fast Facts…
2,348 registered riders in 2015. Since 2001 more than 40,000 riders have travelled more than 32 million kilometres to take part in the ride
- In its 15 th year the Snowy Ride raises funds for the Steven Walter Foundation for research into childhood cancer and support for children with cancer.
- Participants register at checkpoints around the Snowy Mountains – Thredbo, Cooma, Berridale, Dalgety, Adaminaby, and Jindabyne.
- The day finishes with a mass ride with over 600 riders from Bullocks Flat to Thredbo along the scenic Alpine Way
- Brewster Brothers cover band rocking the crowds in Thredbo for a thank you concert for the participants.
- In the 15 years of the event over $6 million has been raised for the Steven Walter Foundation for support of children with cancer and research into childhood cancer.
- The Snowy Ride not only raises money for children’s cancer research but it gives local communities an opportunity to fund raise running for their own projects with BBQ lunches, raffles, tea, coffee and cake stalls for riders as they make their way around the region.
- The Australian Navy helicopter and crew were also on hand to take the sick children and their carers for a bird eye run over the Snowies.
- Approximately $3 million is injected into the local area
History of the Event: The first Snowy Ride was launched in 2001 as a request from 19 year old Steven Walter, a young man who lost his fight against cancer. Steve loved motorcycle riding and asked that a charity motorcycle ride be organised to raise funds for cancer research and cancer care, “So that one day no other kid will have to go through what I’ve been through”. His mother Sue Walter and a strong group of volunteers continue to organise this event today.