190 finish Whitelion
THE annual Whitelion Jungle Ride last Saturday was another huge success, with 190 riders returning to Port Douglas safe and sound, if not a bit on the weary side, particularly those who rode the return journey completing 180km, the last 50km against a headwind.
The newer riders had the absolute joy of completing their first Jungle Ride of 90km with the greatest sense of achievement, including 10- year- old Connor McCartney along with 10-year-old Jamie Hudson who completed the ride for the second successive year, what a little pair of champions.
Riders celebrated afterwards at the Surf Club where prizes donated by the many sponsors were drawn. Participants were looked after incredibly well by teams of volunteers in support roles, being offered delicious refreshments at the many stops along the way.
The generosity of local businesses and residents along with a great deal of regular riders and support from Cairns continues to make this ride extremely successful in it’s support of disadvantaged young people.
The ride has grown to a degree where it will be necessary to cap numbers in future years. It will revert to being held next year on the last Saturday in October, being October 25, 2014.
Lesley Stephens said it was a fantastic ride, with everyone having fun and enjoying themselves.
‘‘We would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank wonderful, generous friends and their families and all of those who assisted in support roles on the day, without whose help the day would not be possible,’’ she said.
‘‘To see what people give of themselves is really heartwarming. Feedback has been 100 per cent positive with most riders saying they can’t wait to do it all again next year.
‘‘We will announce next week the total amount of money made for Whitelion. Thanks to all of you.’’
THROUGH TOWN: Whitelion riders head out of Mossman
FERRY TIME: approaching the Daintree ferry