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Cancer appeal riders top $500k

6 May 2003

Tasmanian branches of the Commonwealth Bank are standing by to receive public donations to the Akta-Vite Campfires against Cancer Appeal, the longest charity horse-ride in the world.

The charity riders landed in Tasmania this week. Since leaving Darwin in June 2002 they have covered more than 5,000km and passed through some 100 towns in the Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

With local support along the way they have raised more than $500,000 for cancer research. The Appeal seeks to involve rural and other local communities in the fight against cancer and invites local participants to join sections of the ride.

The Commonwealth Bank’s Area Manager, Malcolm Portwin, invites Tasmanians to get behind the Appeal and donate at any branch of the Bank.

"There is no doubt that cancer is a national issue, given that it can touch anyone at any time," he said. "The Commonwealth Bank’s branch network - the largest branch network of any financial services company in Australia - is standing by as a very willing resource for this Appeal."

Donation account details are:

 ACCOUNT NAME:  Akta-Vite Campfires Against Cancer Appeal
 ACCOUNT NUMBER:  06 2000 1107 2911



In addition to supporting this Appeal the Commonwealth Bank supports the Cancer Council of Tasmania and other medical research projects aimed at treating or finding a cure for cancer, including organisations such as the Breast Cancer Institute, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Children’s Cancer Institute, ANZAC Health and the Medical Research Foundation.

ENDS

Paul Rea
Group Corporate Relations
Tel (02) 9378 5965 Fax (02) 9378 2395

For a detailed schedule of the ride, plus background information and daily journal entries please visit the Appeal website www.campfires.org.au or call Catriona McGauchie on 0428 368 371.

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