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Team MACA raises $1.4m for cancer research

Team MACA raises $1.4m for cancer research

A WA mining and civil construction company holds the title for the most successful fundraising team in the ‘Ride To Conquer Cancer’ anywhere in Australia. MACA Ltd helped make a difference by raising and contributing over $1.4M of the $5.23M total raised by the 2014 Ride in support for the ‘Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research’.

A total of 310 ‘Team MACA 2014’ riders comprising work colleagues from projects and head office, family, clients, suppliers, and friends galvanized with a single focus, to help those with cancer.

Executive Director of Operations at MACA Ltd, Geoff Baker said ‘Team MACA 2014’ riders chose to be involved because they want to make a genuine difference to those who have been directly, or indirectly effected by cancer.

"It’s been fantastic to see the team morale and positive influence that ‘Team MACA 2014’ brought to the fundraiser" Geoff Baker said.

MACA have stepped up their support for the 2015 ride by becoming the major sponsor of the ‘2015 MACA Ride To Conquer Cancer’ and next year’s participation and fundraising has already started in earnest. ‘Team MACA 2015’ are aiming to sign up even more riders and raise over $1.5M to help fund ground-breaking cancer research. MACA have already had over 100 riders sign up for 2015.

Team Perkins Captain, Professor Peter Leedman said that MACA had been outstanding supporters of the Ride and he was delighted that the 2015 event would be called the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer. 

“We’ve already been able to fund a number of ground-breaking cancer research projects thanks to the 2014 Ride,” Professor Leedman said. “These projects are fresh new ideas for tackling cancer including looking at the role of mitochondria in leukaemia, new therapeutic targets for pancreatic cancer, a novel regulator in liver cancer and the role of microRNA in leukaemia".

For more information on the ‘2015 MACA Ride To Conquer Cancer’ visit: www.conquercancer.org.au or to find out more about the research at Perkins go to www.perkins.org.au