Perth to Margaret River Prostate Cancer Awareness Cycle Event Brief and Registration Information

Perth to Margaret River Prostate Cancer Awareness Cycle 2016 Event Brief and Registration Information Event History: In May 2012, 10 men along with 4 support crew, undertook a challenge in support of and
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Perth to Margaret River Prostate Cancer Awareness Cycle 2016 Event Brief and Registration Information Event History: In May 2012, 10 men along with 4 support crew, undertook a challenge in support of and to raise awareness for prostate cancer and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). That Challenge was to cycle the 300km s from Perth to Margaret River over 2 days, as one team, sticking together with every push of every peddle. Since 2012, we generated significant interest and attention from the media, appearing live on Channel 9 s Morning show, featured on local radio shows and in many newspapers and magazines across WA. All of this helps us to connect with the general public and raise awareness for prostate cancer and PCFA. To date ProState Active has raised over $575,000 for PCFA from corporate sponsorship and charitable donations collected by all of our riders and support crew. A huge achievement from a growing team of dedicated riders with a huge passion and a united team spirit...! In 2016, were increasing our team to 200 riders!! Do you have what it takes to be part of Team that really support each other both physically and emotionally? Are you a true team player? If so, then read on.. If not, stop now.. this event isn t for you! The 2016 Event: On Friday, September 16 th 2016, our 200 riders, all sporting the team cycle strip, will depart from Elizabeth Quay, City of Perth, to ride as one team from Perth to Margaret River. The aim is to raise awareness for prostate cancer and funds for PCFA, with the event specifically timed to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Day 1, Friday, 16 th September 2016: Perth to Bunbury - 185km Overnight accommodation will be available at Mantra Bunbury and at other accommodation providers (special discounted rates will be arranged for riders and support crew.) 2016 accommodation options will be communicated to riders as soon as finalised. Riders are responsible for booking their accommodation in Bunbury. Day 2, Saturday, 17 th September 2016: Bunbury to Margaret River (via Busselton) 120km approx. The Team will depart Bunbury, travelling via Busselton (route to be finalised) and through the township of Margaret River to the official finish, at Watershed Winery, Margaret River. At the finish there will be a Big Aussie Barbie event and official event photography where riders and families reunit to celebrate their achievements, together. (N.B. Accommodation in Margaret River is the responsibility of riders to arrange.) Please visit for news, updates, and further event information. The Event Ethos: Before you register there is some important information that you should know about ProState Active and our team. This event is NOT a race and as such will not be timed. If you entering this event to see how quickly you can complete the course, then this event is NOT for you. Our 200 riders must be team players who want to be part of something special, not only to achieve something for themselves, but also to help others and have a direct impact on men s health in the wider community. The event is a Team event, with all 200 riders working together to support each other all of the way from the start to the finish. The Team of 200 will be split into 10 sub-teams of 20 to manage event logistics and traffic management. During the event, each sub-team will ride together at all times. As much as possible we will keep the 200 riders (in 10 teams of 20 riders) close together to increase the visual impact of the event, hence raising more awareness of prostate cancer and PCFA. At ProState Active we encourage riders to think ONE TEAM, all of the time. We encourage stronger riders to support the weaker riders, to show ourselves and the wider community that when we come together, as One Team, amazing things DO happen. Riding Speed: Each sub team will travel at the speed of the slowest rider to make sure they stick together during the whole of the event. Over previous years riding speeds have averaged between 26-28km/h. Speeds will vary due to road conditions, topography and weather conditions. Training: As a condition to entry, it is important that all riders commit themselves to training so that they, and the other members of their team, are able to enjoy and complete the event. On closure of registration riders will be allocated to a sub-team to enable them to be able to train with their group, over the duration of our 16 week training programme. We train together following a structured training programme (which will begin at the end of May) to enable people of all cycling abilities to develop the skills and stamina to complete the challenge. Training is not just about building physical fitness but is also about creating our unique culture. We strongly encourage all riders to participate in training rides as much as possible. With focussed training and dedication we believe anyone can complete this challenge. Team Kit: As part of the registration fee you will receive your own ProState Active Team cycling gear (shirt, kicks, wind stopper vest and cycling cap). It is important to note that one of the conditions to entry is that you agree to wear the provided gear over BOTH DAYS. This is to help us raise more visible awareness for PCFA and also supports our sponsors to the best of our ability. We want you to feel proud to participate in this event and be proud to own and wear the ProState Active gear, not only during the event, but also in your day to day cycling activities. Our Purpose and the benefit to you: Remember, the purpose of the event is to raise awareness for prostate cancer and funds for PCFA as well as to provide a challenge to individuals to complete a cycling event of this distance (who may have not completed something like this before). Over the years participants have broken personal boundaries and rebuilt new personal beliefs about what they are capable of, not just in cycling, but in their lives. This year we will see the same, and more. We are encouraging both males and females, young and not so young to take part, all of us riding together as one team, all united by the same purpose. Whether you have completed something like this before is not important. What is important is your commitment and belief in yourself that you can do it. We will support you all the way with your challenge. That s our promise!! We pride ourselves on our sense of team, so if you want to be part of something special and unique, this event is definitely for you! Let s join together, as one team, to raise awareness and dramatically reduce the impact of prostate cancer. Fundraising As this is a charity event, fundraising is an important part of our activities. We request when you register yourself to participate in this event that you commit, not only to your training, but also commit to doing the best you can to help us raise funds. All proceeds from the event go to PCFA. As part of the registration process every rider is required to set up their own Everyday Hero (EDH) Fundraising Campaign. Clear and simple instructions are provided to every rider, including hints and tips on how to fundraise, helping you to find a way that you are comfortable with. In past years our riders have been very creative in coming up with great fundraising activities to add to their EDH page. Examples of the types of activities riders have organised are: 1. Donating time and running professional workshops with ticket sales as fundraiser 2. Creation and sale of a custom designed Perth City Cycle Jersey 3. A Charity Golf Day 4. An online auction of cycling equipment 5. High value items that have been kindly donated to our cause have been raffled 6. A gourmet sausage sizzle, cake sales 7. Sales of Cycling ID Bracelets (still available) 8. Hairy male riders have even had a sponsored Full Body Wax!!! Ouch!! This year we will be holding a Gala Dinner for 450 people on Thursday, August 25 th (Tickets on sale from 1st May 2016) This is going to be a night not to miss and allows us to celebrate everything we have achieved so far this year before we complete the ride. (more info to follow soon) Our key message is to raise awareness - and sending out the link to your Fundraising Campaign is an important part of this. This also provides the opportunity for people to support you in your challenge and feel part of sharing your journey with you. At ProState Active we intentionally do not set a minimum fundraising target for each rider. We do not believe in restricting peoples participation in a charity event solely on their ability to raise a certain amount of funding. However, we do request that you commit yourself to do your best to fundraise. To date, each rider raises an average of around $2,000 - $2,500. This year we have set a really ambitious overall fundraising target for the whole team of $500,000. We want you to want to help us achieve this goal, so that we can do more to help save men s lives. Where do the funds raised go and how will they be used? All funds raised go directly to the beneficiary charity, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) This year marks a step change for ProState Active. As well as supporting PCFA in raising awareness of prostate cancer, we intend for funds raised in 2016 to go towards the following; 1. Distribution of PCFA prostate cancer resources through a program being piloted in WA. Prostate cancer resources will be placed in designated centres in WA, as well as distributed through a convenience advertising program. 2. Placement of additional prostate cancer specialist nurses in WA. Our aim is to provide more on ground support through the placement of one extra specialist prostate cancer nurse in WA. These nurses provide specialist support for men and their partners from the point of diagnosis, right through their prostate cancer journey, assisting them in accessing the multidisciplinary support required to achieve best possible outcomes. Your funds raised will make all of this possible so please do the best you can. Every dollar raised is helping us save men s lives, in so many different ways. Together, we can beat prostate cancer. Event Registration: The registration fee for 2016 is AUD $ For this you will receive; 1. Entry to the event 2. ProState Active cycle shirt, kicks and wind stopper vest. Please see next page for sizing. You need this information to hand to be able to register. Please note that kit sizes CANNOT be changed after registration so PLEASE get out the tape measure and order the correct sizing. Sizes vary greatly between different manufacturers so please don t rely on the size of your current gear 3. PCFA Charity wrist band and ProState Active cycle cap 4. Your own Everyday Hero Campaign Page to allow funds to be easily raised online 5. Heavily discounted accommodation for the night of Friday 16 th September at Mantra Bunbury and other accommodation providers (for riders and support crew only: more information will be sent out via when registrations close) 6. Free participation in training rides which will occur twice a week from End of May until the week before the event 7. Updates and training tips via the website and our Facebook Page 8. A great sense of Team and Community spirit! HOW TO REGISTER & WHEN WILL REGISTRATION OPEN? Registration for this years event will be through our website. Registrations open on 31 st March and will close 15 th June or when we reach our target number of 200 riders. This year no priority is being given to previous years riders. Registration is on a first come first served basis. So please register early to avoid disappointment. Please note that registration fees are non refundable if you become unable to participate in the event for any reason. All proceeds for the event go to PCFA. We also cannot guarantee that we will be able to supply your team kit should you not be able to participate. Cycle Gear: Sizing IMPORTANT: Cycle gear will be made specifically for you so exchanges will not be possible. Please ensure you use the below measurements to get the right size garments. Route Outlines: Day 1: Perth to Bunbury 185km Exact route to be provided closer to the event when traffic management arrangements have been finalised Day 2: Bunbury to Margaret River via Busselton 120km Exact route to be provided closer to the event when traffic management arrangements have been finalised
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