Last night (Wed 6 October) a presentation event was held to mark the end of the Mushrooms for Life Charity Ride. The event was a great opportunity for the riders to talk with family, friends and other mushroom lovers who have gathered in Perth for the annual conference to be held later this week.
All the riders were presented with certificates to commemorate their involvement with the event. The Dutch contingent also arranged for a framed certificate, complete with riders signatures to be presented to the organisers.
It would not be a presentation ceremony however, without making reference to the reasons behind the ride – raising funds for breast cancer research. With some $44,500 raised to date, organizer David Tolson, presented the Cancer Council WA with a cheque for $20,000. The presentation reinforced the longer term approach of the industry to funding research in this area and more particularly to research directed at discovering even more health benefits from eating the humble mushroom.
The funds were accepted by Cancer Council WA Director of Research, Terry Slevin, who thanked the participants for their efforts. He said the funds would be put to good use and indicated that the sharing of research knowledge was an important component of the ongoing fight against cancer.