About the Cycle of Giving
The Cycle of Giving is Queensland’s premier annual cycling event raising funds for organ transplant research, held on Sunday 10 March 2019. The event hopes to raise over $250,000 to fund life-saving and life-changing research supported by The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.
Right now in Australia, there are around 1,400 people on the organ transplant waiting list. Through research funded by The Cycle of Giving, it is hoped that more people will not only get a second chance at life through transplant but also to return home and thrive.
Being part of Cycle of Giving not only shows your commitment to improving transplant outcomes, it also demonstrates your support to those who can’t do the ride - you’re part of the solution, for the common good.
How does it work?
Set yourself a challenge, don the Lycra and sign up for the event on the day or... if riding’s not your thing, why not consider making a donation or supporting this day as a volunteer – cheer stations, hydration tent, route marshalling – it’s all in this year’s Cycle of Giving!
How it all began
Like most great stories, this one started with love and determination.
Mary Long watched her beloved husband, Mal, struggle and suffer with heart issues for 11 long years. After years of struggling with the challenges, Mal received a new lease on life with a new heart at The Prince Charles Hospital in 2004.
From that point Mal was a different man, and their lives changed forever. Lives they were only able to share because of the amazing work being done at The Prince Charles Hospital. And so, Mary and Mal started Cycle of Giving two years later in 2006—not only to show their appreciation to the researchers and medical staff at the hospital, but also as a way to celebrate and pay thanks to the brilliant, lifesaving gift of a new organ.
Sadly, that wasn’t the end of the struggle for Mal, and he passed away from cancer in 2007. But his passing has not stopped the Cycle of Giving from growing and turning into something that means so much to other organ transplant recipients, their families and the wider community. Mary has helped The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation grow the Cycle of Giving from an awareness ride to one that's a vital fundraising cornerstone for the hospital and its organ transplant researchers.