Part of the Team
Team Woodside participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer from 15-16 October 2016 in order to help raise funds for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The Institute is Western Australia's premier adult medical research institute that aims to be a world leader in medical research.
Over the past five years, team Woodside has raised $1 million. This year, the team raised more than $280,000 through its own dedicated efforts, falling just $30,000 shy of its target. Woodside has made up the shortfall, taking the total funds raised by Team Woodside to over $1 million since the team first started participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer event.
The journey begins.
Many staff signed up because they walked past Dave Harwood's stall as he promoted the event. Dave Harwood, General Manager of Production Engineering, is the founder and captain of the Woodside team. He started his fundraising efforts in 2012, by encouraging Woodsiders to cycle for a great cause. In the following year, Woodside decided to support the event by providing jerseys, recruitment support and a team donation.
Team Woodside rode over 200 kilometres from Perth to Mandurah, and became the second highest corporate fundraisers of this year's Ride to Conquer Cancer. Each Woodside rider raised at least $2,500 for the Institute in order to fund cancer research. The first day's journey included a countryside cycle from Perth to Mandurah. "The first day was definitely the hardest," says Sarah Blyde, Graduate Petroleum Engineer, "it was raining with some hail and a 35 km/h headwind." Sarah overcame the difficult conditions by cycling in a group of several Woodsiders who took turns leading the peloton against the wind. "It was so much better being part of a small team," she said. "It made the whole experience more enjoyable, and we all looked out for each other."
Graduate cyclists happy to be part of the team.
The day one ride ended in a campout at Mandurah where the teams enjoyed massages, refreshments and some entertainment and socialising. The second day saw the riders complete their return journey to Perth along the coast. "It was an awesome experience," said Sarah. "I would recommend it to anyone. It's a challenge, but definitely achievable."
Read more from the Harry Perkins Institute about Woodside's support for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.