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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1976..


families with seriously ill babies and children to stay. Ronald McDonald House will use the funds provided by Tour de Cure and the Canberra Raiders to establish a wall garden to grow plants and herbs for use in the house kitchen. A new wall garden will also enhance the outdoor area at the centre.

I would like to congratulate Deirdre Brown, the executive officer of the Canberra house, and her staff, Narelle Casey, Marnie Murrell, Lorren Hyde and Jan Murphy, and the many volunteers who make the centre a comfortable place for families to stay during a difficult time. There have been many organisations and individuals that have been generous with their support for the Canberra house, and I thank all of them for their generosity and commitment to Canberra.

The Tour de Cure was started in 2007 to raise funds for cancer projects. Over the last six years, Tour de Cure has organised "signature tour"cycling tours between major cities as well as country tours to raise money and awareness of cancer. The signature tours for the last few years have each raised over $2 million, and smaller tours have also raised significant funds. Tour de Cure donates the money raised in its tours to cancer projects, including research projects to find a cure for cancer, support projects for those suffering from cancer, and prevention projects focused on education and awareness.

This year the Tour de Cure signature tour completed a 1,500-kilometre ride from Adelaide to Canberra and raised over $2 million. Tour de Cure was sponsored by Huawei with a $50,000 donation. The Canberra Raiders have also raised funds, through competitions and giveaways at their matches at Canberra Stadium.

I would like to place on the record my thanks to the board of Tour de Cure, Bruno Maurel, Dominique Robinson, Geoff Coombes, Gary Bertwistle, Samantha Hollier-James, Julie Briscoe and Mark Beretta. Tour de Cure, the Raiders and their sponsor Huawei are to be congratulated on their fundraising efforts to help those suffering from cancer and ultimately to find a cure. I also congratulate Ronald McDonald House Canberra on their work to support seriously ill children and their families. People interested in finding out more about these initiatives should visit tourdecure.com.au or rmhc.org.au. Both these websites have information about how to financially support the great causes.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.55 pm.


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