About Cycle 4 Sam
'Cycle 4 Sam' is the major fundraising event of The Sam Roberts Family Fund.
Based in the Dolomites region of northern Italy, Cycle 4 Sam '8' will be held from 8 to 18 June 2020. The ride is 600km in length with 12,000m of elevation. Cycle 4 Sam '8' will be a true physical, cycling challenge, and will include the famous Giro D’Italia climbs of the Stelvio (48 hairpin bends to the 3000m summit) and Mortirolo (last 7km of climbing is 13-20% gradient).
The goal, as always, is to raise funds for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit at the Women's and Children's Hospital.
Funds raised will support projects within Paediatric Palliative Care at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
The Sam Roberts Family Fund
The Sam Roberts Family Fund proudly supports the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Paediatric Palliative Care Service of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, which provides care and support for children with life limiting rare diseases and their families in South Australia. The charity was inspired by Michelle and Martin Roberts, and their three children, Lucy, Sam and Charlie.
Michelle and Martin’s middle boy Sam had just turned two, when they were given the shattering news that their gorgeous blonde-haired little boy was terminally ill with a very rare, neurological degenerative condition called Niemann-Pick Disease Type C. This was when the family began to receive the valuable care and much needed support from the Paediatric Palliative Service of the Women's and Children's Hospital. The Paediatric Palliative Service aims to enhance the quality of life for each child and support for the family. Their service is about living life to the ‘max’.
The Roberts family fully embraced this notion and so as their little boy was slowly slipping away from them, they decided to celebrate each day of Sam’s short-lived life and create many happy and positive memories for Lucy and Charlie of their brother. Since 2006 over $750,000 has been raised to support projects within the Paediatric Palliative Care Service, including the construction of the Sam Roberts Family Care Room on the fourth floor, the employment of an Art Therapist, and significant financial support to the recently completed Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation ‘Laklinyeri’ Beach House at Encounter Bay.