KIND ‘s Cape Trib Jun­gle Ride a huge suc­cess

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

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

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