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The Children’s Cancer Institute Australia has received a welcome funding boost in the form of the Solar Sunbirds – a group of Ergon Energy employees raising awareness of the Townsville: Queensland Solar City project in the Big W Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride.

The Solar Sunbirds team of 10 Ergon Energy riders left Townsville on July 24 after contributing more than $10,000 to Children's Cancer Institute Australia as the beneficiary of the charity ride.

The Townsville: Queensland Solar City project is part of the Australian Government’s $93.8 million Solar Cities Program.  Ergon Energy’s part of the innovative project is based on Magnetic Island, and aims to achieve major energy reductions through a number of practical and creative initiatives by working together with industry, business, governments and communities.

The Solar Sunbirds team will travel 350km from Townsville to Cairns, arriving on Saturday, July 26. They will be assisted by a support driver in the iconic Solar City Prius, which will also help raise awareness of the Solar City project.

The donation, handed over to the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia by Ergon Energy’s Corporate Sustainability and Innovation Executive General Manager Jim Chisholm, was raised by the participants through a variety of fundraising ventures and from donations.

“As the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, cure and prevention of childhood cancer, we believe the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia is a very worthwhile cause,” Mr Chisholm said.

“The Solar Sunbirds have embraced the challenge of taking part in the bike ride and are showing that just like on Magnetic Island, small changes by individuals can make a big difference.”

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