Epic ride for rehab project
A PROFESSIONAL Dutch cyclist will join a group of local riders who are preparing for a mammoth ride to raise money for a new drug and alcohol centre for women.
The riders will cycle 600km in five days, starting in Launceston on January 21 and stopping overnight at Bridport, St Helens, Swansea and Port Arthur before arriving in Hobart on January 25.
Other than Dutch cyclist Winanda Spoor, the group of 14 cyclists are all amateurs who have signed up to help raise $100,000 for Pathways Tasmania’s new Moonah centre.
The organisation runs Velocity Transformations, a residential rehabilitation program for 12 men. The plan now is to also operate a centre for eight women, opening mid-year.
The programs are a partnership between registered charity Pathways Tasmania, Velocity Church and Transformations Australia.
“It’s going to be monstrous,” said rider and ride co-ordinator Mathew Yost.
“We are passionate about the cause. The goal is $100,000 ... every cent we raise will go straight to the residential centre.”