The Lilyroo Fund is proud to announce Mazda as the official support car partner for the inaugural Lilyroo Ride, an event which is designed to raise money for the Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital Newborn Intensive and Special Care (NISC) unit.
Starting at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, 30 people will complete the 1,156 kilometre charity bicycle ride that concludes at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.
With the ride beginning on Sunday 5th April, the goal is to raise over $200,000 when the event ends seven days later.
To support the peloton, Mazda will supply two Mazda CX-5 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol AWD SUVs which will run alongside the riders transporting essential equipment, first aid gear and event staff.
“Mazda is delighted to be partnering with the Lilyroo Ride,” said Mazda Australia’s marketing director, Alastair Doak.
“The Lilyroo Fund offers wonderful support to the Royal Women’s Hospital and premature babies.
“The doctors, nurses and other caring staff do so much to assist families that are dealing with the stress and trauma that comes with the arrival of a premature baby.
“Sometimes a lot of good comes out of tragic circumstances, we hope that our small contribution helps increase awareness and adds to the success of this special charity event.”
The Lilyroo Fund is extremely grateful for Mazda’s generous support of the Lilyroo Ride.
“Safety is a priority for the riders and the Mazda CX-5 support vehicles will play a significant role in maintaining a high level of safety for the riders on the road,” said Lilyroo Ride director Mark Watkin.
“We are so honoured to have Mazda play such a significant role on what we expect will be a long, but fun ride.
“Mazda joins a strong and ever-expanding line-up of partners now supporting the Lilyroo Ride.
“The CX-5s will look superb with Lilyroo Ride branding, we truly appreciate all of our generous sponsors and partners.”
The ride commences at 10am on Sunday, April 5, with the group expected to arrive in Melbourne at 11am on Saturday, April 11.
For more information please contact the Lilyroo Fund.
About the Mazda CX-5
Mazda will supply The Lilyroo Ride with two top of the range Mazda CX-5 AWDs with 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine.
Australia’s most popular SUV, the Mazda CX-5 features the award-winning ‘KODO- Soul of Motion’ design language and incorporates the full range of SKYACTIV Technology giving segment leading fuel economy and a sporty performance.
Relaunched in January, the New Generation Mazda CX-5 now comes with MZD Connect – Mazda’s advanced next-generation car connectivity system – which includes a seven-inch touch screen display operated by a centrally located commander control knob. Also available with an electric parking brake and a new selection of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies, this is the perfect support car for cyclists on the Lilyroo Ride.
About The Lilyroo Fund & Lilyroo Ride
Established in March 2014 by Kristie and Pete Lockyer to celebrate the short but perfect life of their daughter Lily, the Lilyroo Fund raises funds and awareness for the Newborn Intensive and Special Care (NISC) Unit at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.
23 weeks and 2 days into Kristie Lockyer’s pregnancy, her waters unexpectedly broke. Up to that point Kristie had enjoyed a normal healthy pregnancy.
Four days later, at 11:43am on March 26th 2014, Lily Mary Lockyer was born weighing just 558g.
Despite the world class care of the NISC unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, Lily was born too young to lead a long and healthy life.
Nicknamed Lilyroo by her eldest cousin, Lily’s legacy will live on through the Lilyroo Fund and ensure that preterm babies and their families receive the same incredible care and compassion that Lily and her family received at the Women’s.