Cyclists Visit to Helsinki Labs

Australian cyclist, Chris Gruar (25), passed through Helsinki on Wednesday 11th July 2012 as part of his 30,000 kilometre bike ride to Australia to raise money for AICR. 

Helsinki group shot(L:R Kaisa Lehti, Pipsa Saharinen, Chris Gruar, Gwen Wathne and Kari Alitalo - Photo courtesy of Ari Aalto at the University of Helsinki)

Sydney based teacher, Chris, is taking the long way home to Australia after working in England for a year.  Starting his epic fundraising bike ride from Leeds in April he has already visited France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.  On Wednesday he arrived in Helsinki, and visited the city’s University, where he met cancer researchers supported by AICR and was shown round their laboratories, before leaving Finland to head for eastern Europe, Asia and then on to Australia.  His route, which will take 2 years from start to finish, can be followed via his website.

Chris lost his mother to cancer when he was just two years old and recently another family member was diagnosed with the disease.  “When I started researching which charity to support, I found that most organisations only support research within their own country,” he said. “I was looking for something more global, and AICR seemed to be the ideal charity to support, they fund cancer research anywhere in the world”.  So far Chris has biked more than 6,000 km (3,700 miles) and has raised more than £7,000.


Donations can be made to Chris at or on our website.
International cyclist Mark Beaumont spoke recently to AICR offering his support to Chris: “Pedalling half way around the world is undertaking an incredible journey.  There will be tough bits when he will wonder why he’s doing what he’s doing, but raising money for the charity AICR will mean a lot and I’d like to offer him huge support; fantastic work, keep going, and well done for all the fundraising”.


"AICR recognises the importance of basic and translational research that will lead to clinical outcomes, and the importance of appropriately funding such research. This attitude and approach to funding research is very much aligned to the philosophy underpinning research here at Peter Mac."

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Professor Wayne Phillips, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne


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