Following the success of the previous two cycling challenges which altogether raised over €135,000 for breast cancer research at the University of Malta, ALIVE Charity Foundation will be taking up the task of raising funds for the gold ribbon, which is the official ribbon of children with cancer.
“This year, following various talks with the Research Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University, an urgent need was felt to start conducting research in two other common cancers found in Malta, especially in children – leukaemia and brain tumour. ALIVE2015, in collaboration with Puttinu Cares, will be raising funds for the gold ribbon,” said Nicky Camilleri, Chairperson ALIVE Charity Foundation
ALIVE 2015 – Cycling Challenge for Cancer will be held from the 9th to 18th July 2015 – in seven days – across seven countries. Forty-five (45) cyclists are training and preparing for a physically and mentally tough ride. The group will cycle approximately 150 km every day from the Alps to Sutton in the UK. The route will see the cyclists starting from Liechtenstein, crossing the Alps and Switzerland and heading into Germany. After crossing the Black Forest and the Alsace region of France as well as the Vosges Mountains, they will head into Luxembourg and cycle to Belgium. Crossing the English Channel to Dover, the cyclists will then finish the challenge at the Puttinu Cares Residence in Sutton.
To date 41 of the 45 places available have been filled and fund-raising activities are already being organised.
The raised funds will go towards scientific research in children’s cancer at the University of Malta. Dr Pierre Schembri Wismayer will be conducting the research together with a team of researchers in collaboration with Mater Dei Hospital.
ALIVE2015 – Cycling Challenge for Cancer is being powered by Valletta Cruise Port, Made Good, Wurth and Garmin and being sponsored by Owner’s Best, Ricetti, Pavi Supermarkets and Springbox media.