Bike relay raises funds

Category: General
Sunday 17 February 2013
The annual bike relay has again raised substantial funds for the Health Service


A group of hardy cyclists has completed another successful bike relay ride for the Central Gippsland Health Service, with the final amount raised in excess of $13,000.00.

The organisers and riders are awaiting a few final pledges from sponsors and supporters to come in before the figure is finalised, but all the indications are it will again provide substantial support for the Health Service.

Funds raised goes towards equipment for the Health Service, with this year’s ride helping the purchase of three motorised food trolleys for the delivery of morning tea, afternoon tea and supper to patients.

The riders did their various sponsors and supporters proud, completing the 185 kilometre trip from Sale to Lake Tyers on the first day, then the return journey on the Sunday.  More than 100 riders and support crew took part in the ride.

This year’s event was the 20th annual ride and well in excess of $130,000 has been raised for the Health Service over that time.

For this year’s event, much of the organising was taken on by volunteers, including Shirley and Philip Mowat, Louise Rijs  and Ted and Margaret Pickering and numerous supporters. Part of the event was a raffle in support of the ride and health service. Winner of the main prize was Pat Scott who took home a Mountain Bike donated from Alexanders Cycle and Sport in Maffra.  The other two prize winners, taking home $50.00 vouchers donated by Mallard Cycles in Sale and Push ‘n Pedal in Sale, were Heather Trembath  and Esther Cribbes respectively.

Health Service CEO Dr Frank Evans said the work of the organisers and other volunteers, as well as the effort of the bike riders, was greatly appreciated.

“The Bike Relay has long been a significant fundraiser for the Health Service and this year’s effort has again been marvellous. We thank all involved for their continued support,” Dr Evans added.