Getting the delivery on time — and every time
THE postie bike ride just keeps on delivering – rain, hail or shine. Year in and year out. The 2017 incarnation of the three-day ride – centred at Echuca-Moama and taking in Barham, Deniliquin and Barmah raised a whopping $35,000.
Which Horizon Committee member Dick Phillips said has gone towards the purchase of transperineal biopsy equipment to assist Bendigo Health and Echuca Regional Health patients.
Dick said that the new equipment would result in less travel for patients and — more importantly — the procedure will dramatically reduce the chance of infection.
“We are delighted to hear the new equipment is expected to be in use very early next year,” Dick said.
“The Great Murray River Postie Bike Adventure is another of the Horizon Committee’s projects — along with Echuca-Moama’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch and Little Blue Towels projects — continues Horizon’s commitment to supporting breast cancer and prostate cancer support services,” he said.
“Interestingly Horizon Committee has close ties with those involved in the use of the new equipment.
“Dave Heath, who today is Bendigo’s prostate cancer specialist nurse, was previously a Horizon scholarship recipient and also rode in last year’s event.
“Rohan Hall, a urology consultant at Bendigo and Echuca Regional Health, was guest speaker at 2015 Echuca-Moama’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch.”
The 2017 postie ride attracted 29 entries with the inclusion of riders from Male Bag Foundation in Melbourne.
The next Great Murray River Postie Bike Adventure is in February and centred at Bright.
The event is already booked out and the funds will be directed to Albury Wodonga Cancer centre.
Entries are already being taken for the 2020 ride, again centred at Echuca-Moama, with the funds being directed to Echuca Regional Health.
PRESENTATION: Hayley Lawton and Dick Phillips (Horizon), Peter Faulkner (Bendigo Health chief executive), Dave Heath (prostate cancer specialist nurse) and Rohan Hall (urology consultant).