Both­well backs the big bike ride

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - ROGER HAN­SON

THE Both­well com­mu­nity is get­ting be­hind a na­tional char­ity event called The Long Ride, which this year has 415 reg­is­tered mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers and fin­ishes in Tas­ma­nia.

Their first night in Tas­ma­nia is in Burnie on Oc­to­ber 14 and on Oc­to­ber 19 they end with a gala din­ner at the Ho­tel Grand Chan­cel­lor in Launce­s­ton.

The rid­ers travel from Devon­port to Burnie, Stra­han, The Wall, Hamil­ton and Both­well, Ho­bart, St He­lens, Scotts­dale and Launce­s­ton.

Strongly sup­ported by per­son­nel from the Aus­tralian De­fence Force and or­gan­ised by for­mer RAAF mem­ber Chris Dunne, the event at­tracts rid­ers from through­out the Aus­tralia and some from over­seas.

Rid­ers from the Cen­tral High­lands com­mu­nity are join­ing the ride into Both­well.

John and June Pilcher, from Nee­lai Santa Gertrudis stud at Both­well, said when the rid­ers ar­rived in Both­well at about 12.30pm on Oc­to­ber 16 the Lions Club and CWA would pro­vide lunch.

Cen­tral High­lands Mayor Loueen Trif­fitt would wel­come the rid­ers to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Mr Pilcher said do­na­tions from the coun­cil, Ma­sonic Lodge, CWA and Lions Club would be pre­sented to or­gan­is­ers.

“Any other do­na­tions would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,” Mrs Pilcher said

“Our son David, who has been in the RAAF for 14 years, pushed for his home town of Both­well to be in­cluded.”

Mrs Pilcher said her son would stay on in Tas­ma­nia to help show the stud’s cat­tle at the Royal Ho­bart Show from Oc­to­ber 25 to 28.

The ride raises aware­ness and funds for the Prostate Cancer Foun­da­tion Aus­tralia.

More than 2900 Aus­tralian men each year die from prostate cancer, mak­ing it the sec­ond great­est cause of cancer deaths.

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