Windfall from teams’ cycling effort
Teams representing East Grampians Health Service in this year’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay have raised more than $27,900.
With a fundraising goal of $25,000, Cranks and Defibrillators team members are thrilled to have exceeded their objective.
The money will go towards a new bus for the Patricia Hinchey Centre.
This year 15 cyclists and a support crew of seven, in two teams, took part in the 525-kilometre relay from Swan Hill to Port Fairy.
Setting off from Swan Hill on April 1, the cyclists battled a severe headwind all day.
Team captain Alan Young said riders could see circumstances were going be tough with wind increasing from the south-west.
“All teams did it tough all day, with no let-up from the wind until after Horsham,” he said.
Rotary Club of Ararat members met the health service teams in Horsham to provide them with a hot meal, before they hit the road again, eventually riding into Hamilton at 1am on Sunday morning.
Sunday was cold and conditions eventually turned to rain. However, the Ararat teams rode as one into Port Fairy to applause from the crowd, and were met by East Grampians Health Service chief executive Nick Bush.
“We are very proud of this year’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay teams – they were wonderful ambassadors for East Grampians Health Service,” Mr Bush said.
“Not only did they undertake the challenge of riding from Swan Hill to Port Fairy, they also raised a significant amount of money towards the purchase of a new bus.
“The day centre provides a welcoming place for frail aged and disabled clients to attend each day, with the bus used to transport them to and from the centre, as well as being used for outings and activities.” Teams raised money over six months. “We are grateful for the generous donations provided by friends, family, work colleagues and members of the community, as well as sponsorship provided by businesses from Ararat and beyond,” Mr Bush said.
“Many people also volunteered their time to assist at fundraising events, and for that we are very thankful. Without the support of the Ararat community, raising this significant amount of money would not be possible.”
BIG EFFORT: Riders and support crew members of East Grampians Health Service teams Cranks and Defibrillators.