Record an­niver­sary ride

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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