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2013 Honda Snowy Ride Raises More Than $300,000 For A Cure For Childhood Cancer

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The Snowy Mountains rumbled on Saturday 2 November as more than 3000 motorcycles rolled into the region for the 13th annual Honda Snowy Ride, raising money for the Steven Walter Children‰Ûªs Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) to fund research into a cure for childhood cancer.

The Honda Snowy Ride is held on the first Saturday in November each year with motorcyclists spending a day riding the picturesque Alpine roads. Despite a blustery start to the day, the event finished with perfect conditions making for a fantastic day of riding and raised in excess of $300,000.

During the event riders from all over Australia toured the Snowy Mountains visiting Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo. The day then culminated in a Police-escorted mass ride of 800 motorcyclists along the Alpine Way to Thredbo for a presentation and finishing with a concert in the evening at the Village Square by the Brewster Bros.

Honda motorcycles has been the major sponsor for the event since inception and this year donated two motorcycles as prizes for the ride ‰ÛÒ a Honda VFR800F and a Honda CRF 250X. All entrants are automatically entered in the draw to win.

During the event, Honda offered test rides on a fleet of motorcycles that included a Goldwing F6B, the adventure touring VFR1200X and the new CBR500R ‰ÛÒ and as always the test rides were hot tickets.

Over the last 11 years SWCCF has also organised the family program where a number of oncology families are invited for a relaxing, fun-filled weekend and a break from the hospital routine. A childhood cancer diagnosis not only affects the child but puts an enormous strain on the entire family.

‰ÛÏWe hosted seven families this year and they have had a ball with helicopter rides courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy, motorcycle rides thanks to the Australian Goldwing Association, chairlift and toboggan rides and plenty of great activities," explained Sue Walter, Director of SWCCF. "The families are cared for by a group of volunteers and the program is sponsored by Snowy Hydro,‰Û

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