What is the current situation regarding Covid-19 and the Ride?
We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation on a daily basis and taking advice from State and Federal Government authorities. Currently, the Ride will go ahead on 10 and 11 October 2020 as planned. This is a dynamic situation that we are monitoring closely and we will keep you informed of any changes. Our main priority is to mitigate any risk to you, our amazing supporters. The Ride is so important to help fight cancer and we will continue to provide you with the latest information about the virus and how it may impact this event. Thank you for your patience and understanding but most importantly for your steadfast commitment to the MACA Cancer 200.
What is the current medical advice about COVID19?
From a medical perspective, most of us - even if we become infected - will have a relatively minor respiratory illness. However, we have an important duty of care not to spread it. This is especially relevant to immunocompromised patients and those undergoing cancer treatment or who have underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes.
This is the advice we are following here at the Perkins.
- Soap and water. The single most valuable thing each of us can do is wash our hands with soap and water for about 30 seconds often (I sing Happy Birthday twice through). COVID-19 is a relatively puny and labile virus, so take satisfaction with the destruction you are wreaking upon it with your soap and water or hand sanitiser.
- Elbow bumps. Start practicing elbow bumps, ankle taps or bows instead of handshakes or hugs. It’s cool to keep a little distance.
- Don’t "soldier on”. If you have symptoms and are feeling unwell, it is important to confirm or refute the diagnosis and stay out of circulation until you do. This includes not training with friends or teammates.
- Masks. Wearing a typical surgical type mask will not protect you from the virus. The only mask said to protect from the virus is an N95 version, which are not readily available in supermarkets and shops. People who need to wear a mask in public are those who have the disease or those being tested for the virus because they have symptoms. Their primary use is to limit droplet spread of the virus.
If you think you are displaying any of the symptoms, please consider going to one of the three WA COVID19 clinics, where you will be seen by doctors who can assess if you should be tested for the virus. If you are tested, then it’s very important that you self-isolate UNTIL YOU KNOW THE RESULT. If you do have the disease, then the medical teams will look after you. For most patients, it will be self-isolation at home because the illness is mild and resolves without any major issues.
Thank you for your support and stay healthy!
More information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found via www.health.gov.au including the following publication:
What is the Perkins?
The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, commonly known as the Perkins, is the largest medical research institute in WA working on diseases affecting adults.
With over 400 researchers and trial staff located in three hospital campuses, the Perkins is uniquely positioned to fast track the development of new discoveries and treatments. Researchers at the Perkins are driven to find new ways of diagnosing and treating cancer – particularly those with poor prognosis.
By collaborating with world-class doctors, researchers, scientists and clinicians, the Perkins can push discoveries at the laboratory bench top to the bedside with greater efficiency. Research at the Perkins has led to effective programs in disease prevention and has made a real impact on people’s lives in WA and beyond.
We are proudly West Australian and support research dollars staying within the state.
Where do my donations go?
All profits from the ride go directly back into supporting cancer researchers at the Perkins. Funds are untied which means that they can be allocated to the cancer lab with the greatest need. This is our preferred way of distributing donations as it provides flexibility and agility. With only one in six research grants being successful due to the volume of submissions, untied funds are often life-lines for researchers.
Where is the Perkins?
The Perkins presently has three locations in Perth that equally support what we do – the first is our main facility located at the QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands. The second facility is located adjacent to Fiona Stanley Hospital and we also have a centre at Royal Perth Hospital. We are always keen to show our supporters around our Nedlands facility so you can experience what the Perkins is all about and equally see your donations at work. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a tour.
What other events do we run?
The Perkins runs events throughout the year. Our other fundraising challenge events include the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer and The Hike for Health. The Perkins is also the sole beneficiary and charity partner of the Perth Running Festival. We also support fundraisers in the community who wish to design their own event to raise funds for research. Additionally we conduct community Q&A sessions and seminars, morning tea's and labratory tours with the added experience of an Open Day every second year. You can find out more about our events at perkins.org.au