Record anniversary ride
Arecord 550 motorcycle enthusiasts descended on Ararat at the weekend to take part in the 10th anniversary Grampians Ride to Remember.
Ride co-ordinator Dianne Radford said the assembly of bikes in Ararat RSL carpark and spreading across Queen Street was testament to the growing interest in the annual ride.
“The event not only raises significant funds for the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation – Ararat Branch to support East Grampians Health Service, importantly it perpetuates the memory of Victorian police killed in the line of duty, which was signified by a minute’s silence prior to the ride,” she said.
“The Grampians Ride to Remember is organised by a sub-committee of the Ararat branch, who were thrilled with the big turnout of motorcycle enthusiasts from across Victoria, South Australia and from throughout local areas.”
This year’s anniversary ride was extended to 234 kilometres to include the route from Dunkeld to Halls Gap via Grampians National Park.
The route included morning tea at Willaura Memorial Hall and a water stop at Halls Gap oval before riders returned to Ararat for a barbecue lunch at Alexandra Gardens.
Reflecting on the past 10 years, Mrs Radford said it was fantastic that Grampians Ride to Remember had become a signature regional event
“The interest by motorcycle enthusiasts to do the ride has increased, and more dramatically in the past couple of years,” she said,
“Remarkably, about $100,000 has been raised in the 10 years to support Ararat branch projects at East Grampians Health Service.
“This is a mighty effort of not only the dedicated sub-committee but the many, many volunteers, sponsors and supporters who continue to come forward each year to help make this event, and all the motorcycle enthusiasts who dig deep into their pockets to help with fundraising.
“We must not forget our smaller communities who have made morning teas and the Ararat Lions Club who also benefit from being involved.
“Our major sponsors, Wimmera Motorcycle Co, Shannons Insurance and ACE Radio have been with us for much of the 10 years and now Ararat RSL has come on board, which has added to what we have been able to achieve for the 10th anniversary year.”
Mrs Radford said she hoped combined 10th anniversary activities would raise about $15,000 for the Ararat branch to continue its support of East Grampians Health Service.
SUPPORTER: Minyip’s Melissa ‘Dinki’ Northey at Grampians Ride to Remember.