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Cyclists ride around the world 17 times to keep Heart Foundation beating

19 Dec 2014

The tally’s in and Queensland’s biggest bike ride has raised $85,000 for the Heart Foundation.

The Santos GLNG Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, held in October, saw 7,000 cyclists ride 100 kilometres each, or the equivalent of pedalling around the world 17 times, to pump funds into the Heart Foundation.

The money raised will help the Heart Foundation continue its support of lifesaving heart research.

Bicycle Queensland and Santos GLNG presented the whopping cheque to the Heart Foundation’s CEO Stephen Vines, thanking everyone who participated in the ride and those who generously donated to the cause.  

Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson said: “Healthy hearts and our Bicycle Queensland motto of ‘more people cycling more often’ are a natural fit.”

“We were delighted during this, the tenth anniversary of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, to once again make a worthwhile contribution to the Heart Foundation’s ongoing work,” Mr Wilson said.

“The partnership helps reinforce our commitment to preventative health measures that matter including getting kids riding bikes to school, getting adults riding bikes to work and lobbying government for better bicycle infrastructure.”

Santos GLNG’s social performance manager John Phalen said Santos GLNG was proud to give back to Queenslanders by getting behind great events like this one.

“People from across Queensland and even from around Australia took part in Queensland’s biggest bike ride and it’s great to see so many people come together to raise money to support the Heart Foundation’s important work,” Mr Phalen said.

“The bike ride complements our focus on health, safety and fitness and it was fantastic to support it for the third time and see more than 100 of our own employees take part.”

Heart Foundation (Queensland) CEO, Stephen Vines, said the cheque would go a long way towards helping research and community programs to fight heart disease, the single biggest killer of Queenslanders.

“The fundraising effort of the riders, just like the ride itself, has been phenomenal,” Mr Vines said.

“This cheque will enable us to do things like give extended support to some of our researchers by funding scholarships and purchasing items like laboratory equipment to explore the genetic factors contributing to heart disease.”

The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.

The Santos GLNG Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge took place on 19 October 2014. Check out the event photos and videos at www.facebook.com/SantosGLNG or www.facebook.com/bicycle.qld.