Sunshine Coast motorcycle group Girl Torque’s annual Bras N Bikes ride has funded Bloomhill Cancer Care to support 250 people with cancer and now its organisers are calling it a day.
On October 18, the Final Encore: Bras N Bikes Last Lap will see motorcycle riders don all things pink and dress up their bikes as a mark of respect, support and hope for people living with breast cancer.
Held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event will help raise awareness of the fact that breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer diagnosis for Sunshine Coast women.
Bloomhill Cancer Care CEO Chris Franck says Girl Torque’s contribution to cancer survivorship on the Sunshine Coast had been valuable “beyond words”.
“Bras N Bikes has been incredibly effective – I think it shows people just love having fun! Don a hot pink bra, get out there and have a ball,” he says.
“Thank you Girl Torque, to all your business supporters and the committed volunteers from both your organisation and Bloomhill, who have made Bras N Bikes into a wonderful tradition.”
Bloomhill Cancer Care director of advancement Sarah Wetton says it’s more important now than ever to support people living with cancer.
“It’s essential that we remember, that even though the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed so much, cancer has not stopped,” she says.
Bras N Bikes organiser Judy Noakes-Carroll says the ride has been hugely successful thanks to sponsors and the biker community and her team is planning for number 19 to be the best ever.
“In our first year we delivered a whopping $1200 and it was gratefully received – but last year that number was $21,000!
“It all started soon after Girl Torque formed – one of the girls was a volunteer at Bloomhill. We were all keen about our bikes and thought it’d be great to get a charity ride together. It’s emotional, thinking it’s coming to an end – but we really want to go out with a bang.”
Bras N Bikes Last Lap will depart from Yandina Bowls Club on Sunday, October 18. Pre-purchase tickets and merchandise at bloomhill.com.au.