KIND ‘s Cape Trib Jungle Ride a huge success
IT’S A huge thumbs up this week for the Jungleriders, their supporters, sponsors, volunteers and the positive community spirit toward the fantastic fundraising event.
The 2017 Jungle Ride for KIND wrapped up a hugely successful charity ride with over $20,000 raised to support local kids with illness and their families. Danielle Bellero, KIND president, said “Without events like these, it’s a long road to raising even a tenth of that amount”. $2,000 was also donated to Muscular Dystrophy Queensland.
In a bid to minimise traffic disruption, the 229 riders headed out extremely early from the Port Douglas Sports Complex to ride 90km to Cape Tribulation. After a pleasant 60km to the Daintree Ferry, riders made their way up the gruelling Alexandra Range to the lookout, where they had a chance to catch their breath, refuel with fresh fruit and the very popular Mocka’s banana bread. Cold drinks went down a treat whilst taking in the magnificent views of the Daintree River mouth.
After a leg-friendly downhill descent and some time along the flat wrapped in the rainforest, once again they had to put on a brave face to climb up the equally challenging Noah’s range before finishing at Ocean Safari Lodge. There they took advantage of the fabulous hospitality of the staff and wonderful volunteers who had a delicious lunch waiting before many hopped on their transport back to Port. For some this was the turnaround point which would see them complete their 120km journey to the Daintree Ferry. For about 90 very keen velocipedes they pushed on to ride the total 180km return to Port Douglas. Back at the Sports Centre the Muddies Cricket Club entertained the riders and supporters with a 20/20 match creating a fantastic atmosphere for all.
As with all charity rides, their success is due to the numerous sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and positive community attitudes of the many involved and the Jungle Ride and KIND committees would sincerely like to thank the following businesses and individuals:
Hemingway’s Brewery, Bicycle Centre Cairns, Ocean Safari & Cape Tribulation Safari Lodge, Decoy Design, Mandalay Apartments, Bike Shop & Hire Port Douglas, Douglas Shire Council, Port Douglas Central Hotel, AVIS, Cleanaway, Exemplar Coaches & Limousines, Cornetts IGA Port Douglas, Perrin Clarke – Imagebank, Miles Electronics, Mockas Pies, Mossman Bait, Tackle & Ice, Nautilus Apartments, Palmer Sea Reef Golf, Quicksilver Connections, FNQ Buslines, Garrick House, On the Spot Signs, Port Douglas & Mossman Driving School, Sailaway, Salsa Bar & Grill, Sassi Cucina, The Pink Company Real Estate, Villa San Michele, Zinc Restaurant, Cairns Natural Springwater, Peppers Beach Club Spa, The Tin Shed, Brett’s Outback Tours, Tropical Journeys, Daintree Discovery Centre, Hi-Tide, Stephen Bertoncini, Steve Rankine - Port Douglas Bike & Hike, Coastal Coverings, Gazette Newspaper, Livelife Pharmacy Port Douglas & Mossman, Malones Butchery, Coles Port Douglas, Angie & Luigi Scomazzon, Big Cat Green Island Cruises, Mossman Hotel, Sheraton Mirage, Coral Coast Riders, Norris family – Daintree Ferry, Muddies Cricket Club.
And to the many wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly on the day….THANK YOU!
Volunteers Faye Lilly, Deb Maynard, Tess Stieveno, Irene Denholm: more than $22,000 was raised