190 fin­ish White­lion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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

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