Cyclists’ fundraising challenge

Walkers team tackles endurance ride to raise money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society

Team Walkers is hitting the road the again to complete a 100-mile endurance bike ride – its third in three years.

This time the team is heading to the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and Nevada to raise funds to defeat leukaemia and blood cancers.

In 2009 and 2010, Team Walkers, comprising partners, managers and members of the law firm’s Cayman Islands office, has raised more than US$100,000 for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.

This year’s ride takes place on Sunday, 5 June, and features a series of demanding peaks at high altitude around Lake Tahoe.

Team captain Nancy Lewis, chief executive officer of Walkers Management Services, and Mark Lewis, managing partner – clients, are preparing for their third consecutive 100-mile ride.

Wade Tamasa returns for his second appearance and three new team members – Pete Slocock (Walkers IT Group), Laren Gillespie (Walkers Management Services) and Jonathan Tonge (Walkers’ managing partner – regions) join the team for their very first century rides.

The cyclists are calling once again for public support to reach the team’s 2011 fundraising target of US$40,000. More than US$28,000 has already been donated by local supporters and corporate sponsors, and the team is well on its way to achieving its fundraising target.

“We would like to thank everyone in the community that have already supported us financially or encouraged the team in other ways. It is truly appreciated,” said Ms Lewis.

“As we get older, we find that cancer in all its forms seems to spread its insidious tentacles and touch people we love. The six of us are all riding in memory of, or in support of different people and our mission is to raise funds through this ride to help eradicate this disease, or at least help bring better treatment.

“Anyone in the Cayman Islands unfortunate enough to require treatment for blood cancer will more than likely need to travel to the US, so we believe the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society is an important charity for those of us living in Cayman to support,” she added.

The team is supported by several local corporate sponsors whose logos will be displayed for the first time on the cyclists’ shirts for the bike ride. They include Walkers, Walkers Management Services, Ark Group, Digicel, DHL, Foreshore, Piedra Wines, Alphasoft Ltd., Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited, Highwater, Kirk Office Equipment Ltd. and Stepping Stones.

“The opportunity for local companies to get involved and become associated with a cause as important as the fight against leukaemia has been really well received and we have been delighted with the response from the local business sector in Cayman. They have made the difference and given us a real chance of meeting our fundraising objectives,” Ms Lewis said.

The team have been training for some time, with the cyclists already covering more than 100 miles a week.

Different in Tahoe

Instead of Cayman’s high temperatures, humidity and wind, in Tahoe, they will face altitudes of approximately 6,300 feet above sea level, demanding switchbacks and mountain climbs that will add more than 2,800 feet of vertical elevation gain, and near-freezing temperatures, at least in the early hours following the 6am start.

More than 3,000 riders will take part in this year’s Lake Tahoe ride, hoping to eclipse the almost US$9 million in sponsorship raised for The Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society in 2009.

The mission of The Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society is to cure leukaemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. It is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, funding lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and providing free information and support services.

To support and donate to Team Walkers, access the link on the Professionals page of Walkers’ website To find out more about the ride or to offer sponsorship, contact Mark Lewis at Walkers on 914-4223 or email [email protected]