Mile­stone marked


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

Tatura’s an­nual bike and char­ity ride has raised more than $100 000 this year as the event cel­e­brated its 10th birth­day.

About 300 com­peti­tors took part in the Tatura 200 Char­ity Bike Ride and Walk de­spite in­tern­ment bouts of rain.

Or­gan­iser Ge­or­gia Odgers said it was a re­ally good day out where cy­clists rode a va­ri­ety of dis­tances, with the long­est length the 200 km ride.

She said a pri­vate func­tion was held on Fri­day evening to cel­e­brate the mile­stone year with the event rais­ing $750 000 since its in­cep­tion.

This year’s event once again sup­ported the Vin­cen­tCare Vic­to­ria Hume Com­mu­nity Hub through Mar­ian Com­mu­nity, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports women and chil­dren af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The event will also pro­vide fund­ing to­wards The Com­mu­nity Fund Goul­burn Val­ley’s Ed­u­ca­tion Lift Off Schol­ar­ships, Tatura Walks and Rides Group, Give Me 5 For Kids, Fam­i­lyCares Sport­ing Chance pro­gram, Teen Chal­lenge and a num­ber of ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Ms Odgers said she would like to thank the spon­sors, in par­tic­u­lar di­a­mond spon­sors Tatura Milk In­dus­tries and Bega Cheese Lim­ited.

‘‘We also had over 60 vol­un­teers from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions,’’ Ms Odgers said.

The event was held from 6.30 am to 5 pm on Satur­day, with riders start­ing and fin­ish­ing at the Tatura Ital­ian So­cial Club.

Pictures: Julie Mercer

On the go: Tatura Milk em­ployee Carmel Bick­nell from Shep­par­ton grabs her bike.

Right: Ian Chilman rolls into fin­ish line.

Lead­ers: The first riders to re­turn from the ini­tial 100 km (part of the 200 km course), Tony Michel from Shep­par­ton and By­ron Woods from Nathalia.

All smiles (above): Gino At­tana, Shep­par­ton’s Katie Ross-So­den and Kialla’s Vince Grifo.

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