Wind­fall from teams’ cycling ef­fort

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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