100% of the funds raised in Cycle of Giving go straight towards supporting the vital work of organ transplant medical researchers backed by The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. The research is time critical - for every $44 raised, another hour of research work can occur. Through fundraising, every single rider and every single donor has the power to make a huge impact on the lives of worthy Queenslanders.
In 2018 alone, the money raised in Cycle of Giving fuelled over 4,800 hours of organ transplant research. This gave crucial time to the scientists, medical engineers, medical teams and allied health practitioners to commit to some ground breaking projects tackling some of the key organ transplant issues, including:
- Investing in the Southern Hemisphere's largest clinical trial of stem cell therapy post lung transplant to help prevent lung rejection;
- Advancements in heart pump technology to better support those with heart failure;
- Improving the quality of lungs for transplant; and
- Beginning to uncover why some lungs begin to breakdown after transplant.
But with over 1,400 Australians still on the waiting list for a new organ or tissue donation at any one time, we still have a long way to go. It's why your participation, fundraising and donations for Cycle of Giving means the world—not just to us, but to people like Kate, Mul and Tony.
Kate Phillips is a longstanding ambassador for the Cycle of Giving. Following her double lung and heart transplant in 2013, she began training and has been able to participate in the Cycle of Giving since 2014. Kate will be back again this year, sporting the Lycra and riding with her fellow transplant recipients. And perhaps even more impressively, she now participates in triathlons across Australia and won 11 medals in the 2016 Australian Transplant Games. Iron woman! Go Kate!
Mul Afa was an active father of six when he started to feel breathless in his day-to-day activities. A few years later he was diagnosed with COPD, and it wasn’t much later before he was put on the waiting list for a lung transplant.
Tony Stephens was on a holiday in Fiji when he started to feel ill. Thinking it was just a cold, he initially shook it off, but ended up being rushed back to Australia for a heart transplant. Now, he’s had a second chance at life and has another daughter and son to enjoy it with.
The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation (TPCHF) was formed in 1986 with the primary goal of funding critical research at The Prince Charles Hospital. Today TPCHF has become a major research funding body focusing on the areas of heart, lung, dementia, arthritis among others. We’re proud to support researchers working with The Prince Charles Hospital, which is one of the world’s leading heart and lung hospitals.
The Common Good
The Common Good is an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. It’s a movement of all of us working together to give precious time to researchers who can give more time to us & those we love to live happier, healthier and longer lives. The Common Good is people powering medical discoveries.