THE annual Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay took place on Saturday and Sunday April 6 and 7, with local team ‘The South Gippsland Riders’ participating for the third time in this challenging ride.
An initiative of the Moyne Health Service in Port Fairy, there were around 1700 participants, all doing their very best to raise funds for hospitals and health services across Victoria.
The ‘South Gippsland Riders’ team was made up of 36 people – South Gippsland Hospital admin staff, doctors, nurses, community health staff, environmental and catering staff, family and friends.
Riding in the cycle relay are Kevin Wake, Les Hawking, Mike Fitzgerald, Roger Fenwick, Mick Manassa, Phil Worboys, Adam Deere, Craig Allott, Catherine Enter, Owen Casson, Gabby Buckland, Nicole Wake, Megan Hawking, Greg Buckland, Barbara Ozols, Jenny Mountford, Peter Rushen, Mary Montague, Sue Best, Deanne Montague, Deanne Trimmer, Sue Collins, Bec Chigwidden, Sam Park, Jenny Fenwick, Bruce Beatson, Genna Hawking, Francis Sullivan and Ully Rzepka.
Lending support along the way were Deb Allott, Carol Manassa, Ralph Hubbert, Julie Walsh, Jodie Vanin and Alanna Blachford. Rae Avery did a great job of keeping everyone well fed and full of energy to tackle the challenges along the way.
Riders left Echuca at 9.25am on Saturday morning, arriving in Hamilton 420km later at around 11pm. On Sunday, the final 93 km was covered, with the South Gippsland Riders arriving in Port Fairy.
Although challenging, it was a wonderful weekend with perfect weather and importantly – no head wind. No major injuries were sustained and everyone enjoyed the ride, the comraderie and the knowledge that every spin of the wheels would held raise funds additional equipment and other necessities for the South Gippsland Hospital.
Organisers are very grateful to everyone who has donated to the cause or sponsored the team. As donations are still coming in, it is not known at this stage the total amount raised by the South Gippsland Riders team. Donations are still very welcome and can be made by visiting www.murraytomoyne.com.au and searching for ‘South Gippsland Riders.’ Donations are tax deductable.
Donations are also made online via South Gippsland Hospital website