RED SKY RIDE
ELA is an ongoing sponsor of the Red Sky Ride, an event that focuses on ‘ordinary people’ doing extraordinary things, with local community members making the commitment to raise funds and awareness for the SolarisCare Foundation. ELA Directors Andrew Rothon and Phil Price have participated in the Red Sky Ride for the last three years, leading Team ELA to raise over $50,000 for the SolarisCare Foundation. The Red Sky Ride involves a 1,000 kilometre cycling tour through Western Australia’s South West over 8 consecutive
days in mid-Summer.
The Red Sky Ride was inspired and reflects the long and gruelling journey that cancer patients endure. The first ride was held in 2008, and has raised over $2,000,000 for the SolarisCare Foundation. The SolarisCare Foundation was founded by Dr. David Joske, with the mission of creating a “soft place to land” for his patients. Dr Joske was determined to bridge the gap between the medical community and their patients, as cancer patients had to make decisions on treatment, learn a new medical language, and come to terms with the changes to their lives and the lives of those they are close to. The SolarisCare Foundation was the solution.
From its inception in 2001, the SolarisCare Foundation has strived to deliver vital complementary therapy to cancer sufferers and their carers throughout Western Australia. SolarisCare believes that by treating a person’s mind and body in conjunction with mainstream medical treatment it will give patients the best possible chance for a full recovery.
As Dr Joske puts it “the Red Sky Riders have been like our guardian angels working tirelessly to ensure that the SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres can continue to offer support to the community.” He continues that “Having completed the Red Sky Ride myself I know the hours of dedicated work that goes into this event and I am constantly amazed by the results that these ordinary people achieve”.