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Wednesday, 15 October 2014: On Thursday, 16 October Woolworths Limited CEO Grant O’Brien and senior executives commenced an epic 300km bike ride over three days to raise awareness of the research effort to fight pancreatic cancer through the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and Tour de Cure.

The Woolies on Wheels team will ride into Woolworths Orange at 8am on Friday, and will make a $5,000 donation to the Cancer Council for the Cancer Patient Transport to Treatment Service.

Grant O’Brien said, “We are humbled to make a $5,000 donation that will enable the purchase of a portable ambulatory oxygen concentrator to help the Cancer Patient Transport to Treatment service transport cancer patients in Orange & surrounding districts to and from cancer services, and medical appointments.

“Cancer is something that impacts everyone and the discomfort felt by myself and the Woolies executives on the bike for a few days is nothing to raise much needed funds and raise awareness of the importance for cancer research,” he said.

The 300km bike ride will see 20 Woolworths executives ride through Bathurst, Orange, Canowindra, Cowra, Mandurama, Blayney and back to Bathurst over three days.

Woolworths Chief Financial Officer, David Marr said, “This has been a great team building experience and supports Woolworths’ wider aim of inspiring a healthy Australia,” he said.

Woolworths and its suppliers have raised more than $500,000 through corporate and personal donations for the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation since the passing of our much loved former colleague and the establishment of the Foundation in 2008. The effort of the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation to improve mortality rates of this terrible disease is a cause Woolworths is committed to supporting. Tour de Cure has been an integral part in arranging the ride and we thank them for their help.


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What:   Woolies on Wheels cheque presentation
When:  7:45am Friday, 17 October 2014
Where:   Woolworths Orange, 197/203 Anson Street, Orange

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