Business as Usual in 2017!

Business as Usual in 2017!

Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay is Now Incorporated !
After 30 years, the iconic Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay is undergoing one of its biggest changes, moving to an independent management structure. Following on from a community meeting held in April 2016, a community working group was established to guide the M2M into a new incorporated age and this occurred officially at the General Meeting conducted on Thursday 14 July.
The M2M Cycling Relay Committee was established with the Rules of Association being adopted along with the election of the first Committee of Management. Congratulations to the following who were elected as Office Bearers: John Clue, President; Hester Woodrup, Vice President; Kate Winnen, Secretary; Bernie Waixel, Treasurer, along with the following being elected as members of the Board: Charlie Blackwood; Peter Bollard; Jeff McLean, John Ralph; and Mike Cornett.
One of the first items of business for the new Committee has been to employ an Event Administrator, who will deal with the day to day operations of the M2M. The position was advertised on Saturday 3 September in the Warrnambool Standard and Interviews are currently being organised.

Key Points from the Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Rules of Association:
The purposes of the association are to raise funds for Moyne Health Services and facilitate fund raising for institutions across Victoria and to promote healthy lifestyles through cycling.
Therefore we encourage all past participants to start and get your teams organised in terms of riders and fundraising for your respective health related charities from across Victoria, SA, & NSW.

Key Dates:
Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay will take place on Saturday 1 April and Sunday 2 April 2017.
Registration will Open / Close on the following dates: Online via the Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay Website.

Early Bird Registrations Open 24 October 2016 (Registration Fee per participant = $100.00).
Early Bird Registrations Close: 16 December 2016.
Normal Registration Opens: 17 December 2017 (Registration Fee per participant =$110.00).
Normal Registration Closes: 10 March 2017.
Sunday Striders (Sunday 2 April – Hamilton to Port Fairy Only) Early Bird Registration Opens 17 October (Registration Fee per participant = $50.00).
Sunday Striders Early Bird Registration Closes 16 December 2016.
Sunday Striders Normal Registration Opens: 17 December 2017 (Registration Fee per participant = $55.00).
Sunday Striders Normal Registration Closes: 10 March 2017.

Team Captains and Participants:
Please note that all participants will register as an individual this year and be required to pay the Registration Fees online via a credit card. This change will reduce the amount of work required by Team Captains and streamline the registration process that requires each individual to agree to the required “Terms and Conditions“ of the cycle relay. More details will follow in the next newsletter.

Team Captains, when registering will identify team members, indicate how many riders, support crews and vehicles will be participating, along with the name and details of the health services you are raising funds for.

Kate wins CrayPot Raffle

Kate wins CrayPot Raffle

Congratulations to Kate Winnen, Team Manager of Belfast Bikers on winning the CrayPot Raffle.

The craypot is locally made by Ross Ferrier of the fishing boat "Putty's Pride". Ross donated the pot to put back into the Port Fairy community which supports him whilst in port from his home base of Apollo Bay.

Thanks to Ross for his generosity.


Craypot image: CSIRO [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

2016 M2M Award winners

2016 M2M Award winners

2016 Woody’s Memorial Award Winners

  • Mary McGowan
    Team Manager, Cytotoxic Cyclists riding for Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Winston Silbereisen,
    Support Crew Manager, Daylesford Wheelsuckers riding for Hepburn Health Service

O2 Media, WIN Network and First State Super Awards in recognition of the exceptional behaviour as the Safest and Most Courteous Team on each route were:

  • Echuca – Devondalers from Koroit
  • Swan Hill – Lorne Spinners
  • Mildura – Scrubbers & the Gasman from Warrnambool

Rapid Relief Team Award for the overall outstanding Support Crew on the 2016 M2M Ride was awarded to Casterton Memorial Hospital


Photo: Hester Woodrup presents Mary McGowan with her award


M2M gears up for new future

M2M gears up for new future
The iconic Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay is gearing up for a new and more independent future.
As it makes final preparations for the 30th annual relay, the management team is establishing a new management structure to steer the event forward.
Moyne Health Services Board chair Ralph Leutton said that since its inception, the event had been run under the auspices of Moyne Health Services.
There were now plans for the committee to incorporate under its own entity to ensure the future viability of one of Victoria’s most popular cycling events.
“Over the years, Murray to Moyne has become a much bigger and more complex beast,” Mr Leutton said.
“It really needs the expertise and the focus of a professional organisation to oversee things.”
Mr Leutton said that whilst Moyne Health Services was and would continue to be a proud supporter of the event, its core business was providing health services to its communities.
“We’re great at delivering quality health care, but we’re not event managers with the skills and expertise to plan and deliver an event of this calibre.”
Mr Leutton acknowledged the value of Murray to Moyne as an important fundraiser, not only for Moyne Health Services, but for other health services across Victoria.
“During its 30 years, Murray to Moyne has raised in the order of $30 million for regional health services – that’s an extraordinary achievement.”
Murray to Moyne Committee Chair John Clue said his colleagues and the many volunteers behind the event were excited about this year’s 30th anniversary ride and its future directions.
“This year, we see many teams returning to the event to join the 30th celebrations,” Mr Clue said.
“The event has provided the opportunity for both large and small health service organisations to raise much-needed funds and contribute to the wellbeing of many people who have undertaken the challenge either as a rider or part of the support teams.”
‘Woody’s’ Murray to Moyne was established 30 years ago when Port Fairy local, Hester Woodrup, challenged her husband, Graham ‘Woody’ Woodrup and other local identities to ride in relay from the Murray River in Mildura to the Moyne River in Port Fairy.
The first ride raised $10,000 for the Port Fairy hospital.
Today, the event raises around $1 million annually, attracting more than 1000 riders from 150 organisations to raise funds for hospitals and health services.
Mr Clue said the new management structure would enable the organising committee to operate as an incorporated body.
He praised the hard work of the existing committee, noting that a meeting would be held in the coming months to outline the new structure and provide opportunity for community members to join the new management team.
“We acknowledge the assistance of Moyne Health Services in securing the requirements needed for the event, and hope Murray to Moyne will move from strength to strength into the future,” Mr Clue said.
Media contact: 
John Clue 
Murray to Moyne Committee Chair 
Mo: 0403 447 646

Company supports Team TR to ride M2M

Company supports Team TR to ride M2M
Team TR has been riding the Murray to Moyne Cycle ride since the year 2000 – that makes a total of 16 years this year.  
In this time we have lost one of our members “Russell Patrick” the engineer who created our wonderful Bike Rack.  We thought of not riding the year he was killed but all his friends said that he would have wanted us to ride in his memory, which of course we did.  
Team TR originated from the Tech Rentals Company (rentals of test and measurement equipment since 1978 and is now known as TR Pty Ltd which has three main divisions with 
offices Australia wide: 
  1. Tech Rentals – Test & measurement equipment rentals – 
  2. TR Hirecom – Communications equipment rentals and 
  3. TR Calibration – NATA & traceable calibration of test & measurement equipment.  
We originally rode as team 210 and wore yellow and red colours. Our riders consisted mostly of staff in the Company as well as some of our customers.  We then found our numbers were dwindling so the Cadbury team joined forces with us and we rode in the blue 
and red colours.
We now ride in our new company colours of blue and white and we are back to staff members, some customers and also family. i.e. Joan Carter (mum) Danny Carter (son) and Hayden Benwell (grandson) – How good is that!!  This epitomises what Woody was all about!!
The CEO of our Company has encouraged staff members interested in riding by offering to pay for their entry into the Murray to Moyne each year.  The Company also covers cost of petrol and food and transport support which has been invaluable.  Our staff fundraising over these years has reached over $50,000 and the Eastern Health hospitals have been extremely grateful and supportive of our efforts.
The Murray to Moyne volunteers over these years have been excellent.  This event could not 
happen without them – thank you to you all.

Rotary Revolution spins for 20th year

Rotary Revolution spins for 20th year

Many Rotary Clubs sponsor cycling teams or cycling events and, increasingly, even organise events as fundraisers.  Few clubs can boast of having their own team of club member riders who have ridden as a team for close on 20 years. In the process this has involved, at various times, about 30% of the current members of the Rotary Club. Meet the Irymple “Rotary Revolution” Bike Riding Team! 

It all started in 1997 when one of our club Rotarians suggested we participate in the “Murray to Moyne.”  It would be good to get Rotary away from being seen the “old sedentary men and their fathers” club. So in 1997 we started the legend…and this year the team participates in its 20th consecutive Murray to Moyne event; in the process raising over $60,000 for health related (mainly) local charities.

But we didn’t stop at 1999 another relay ride commenced...from Mildura to Echuca...400 kms. The team jumped at this opportunity also and have participated in every event since. We also participate in any local riding events. 

In fact, such has the “active” team image grown that we have participated as a team in other non-riding events as well...the MS 24 hour Swim-a-thon, the Relay for Life walk and local community triathlons. In 2013 we decided to emulate an event put on by a number of Rotary Districts and ride (all the way) to our Annual Rotary District Conference...that year 5 members rode to Warrnambool over 500 kms, the next year it was Ballarat 440 kms, this year Renmark…and so it goes...each year taking about $1,000 for Australian Rotary Health.

The club has had many stalwarts...the current team coordinator riding in his 20th event this year, three others have participated in at least 14 events and let's not forget the bus driver who is up for more than 10 events.

Lets face it, we are not elite riders…with an average age of about 60+, we are a little on the slow side by comparison to the “30 to 40 something” lycra clad warrior.

We still train every Sunday morning with a ride of between 45 and 60 kms and we have participated in other local events and out-of-town social rides on hybrids and mountain bikes. 

In 2011, eight members of the team rode all the way from Mildura to Adelaide to celebrate the 65th birthday of one of its founding members. In earlier years we swapped our road bikes for mountain bikes and rode from Broken Hill to Mildura via Menindee and Pooncarrie, we also rode the Mountains to the Murray (Bright/Beechworth to Wangaratta) and East Gippsland Rail Trails! One member even joined the “Great Australian Rotary Bicycle Ride” in 2009 and rode the 4000 km from Darwin to Perth.

Some team members are now ageing (well…of course, like quality wine) but hopefully there will always be an influx of new blood and new enthusiasm so that the team will continue to be an inspiration to all men and women of all ages for another 20 years! Rotary Revolution just keeps on going!

Photo: Irymple “Rotary Revolution” Bike Riding Team 

Cohealth comotion rides for Arts Generator

Cohealth comotion rides for Arts Generator
cohealth is one of the largest community health organisations in Australia, servicing a broad area of high growth communities across Melbourne’s northern, western and inner suburbs.
Built on the values, reputations and expertise of three respected organisations, cohealth provides quality services across mental health, oral health, family violence, alcohol and other drugs, aged care, medical and integrated health services.
cohealth came into being in May 2014, from the merger of three founding community health organisations. With over 900 staff across 44 sites, we saw Murray to Moyne as: 
  • a great way to connect people with each other, 
  • to fundraise for Arts Generator, which is part of our organisation that receives very little funding, and does fabulous work with marginalised communities using art as a vehicle for connection, meaning and purpose, something we all strive for, and
  • an opportunity to get fit and have fun together.
So, how did we go against our objectives in our inaugural year of cohealth’s “birth” and our participation in the 2015 Murray to Moyne?
  • 13 team members from 10 different program areas and sites
  • we designed our team jersey, using original Indigenous art from Wellness Dreaming, a tryptich created by Indigenous artist, Ngardarb Riches, for the birth of cohealth
  • over $11, 000 raised to support young African Australians connect with the wider community and each other in a positive way
  • we clocked up over 30,000 kms in team preparation, getting fit, having fun, and learning new skills in the process
  • cohealth commotion were awarded “the most courteous and safe support crew”
  • we are back in 2016, with a bigger team and a bigger commitment to raise funds for Arts Generator.

Photo: The 2015 cohealth team at the finishing line in Port Fairy with local MP, Dan Tehan.

Dog Devo helps Hypoactive raise money for type 1 diabetes

Dog Devo helps Hypoactive raise money for type 1 diabetes

Our motivation to ride the Murray to Moyne is our health and fitness, we face more challenges than most, we are the only all type 1 diabetic team in the event.

Our riders have strict timelines to test our blood sugars and make sure we are at safe levels to ride. If our levels are too low then we must eat sugar, usually lollies to bring our levels back into normal range. We must ensure we are fuelled to take on such a long ride so we do eat a fair bit of food on the bus while we are waiting to go back out on the road. Exercise is a challenge to anyone but you add type 1 to the mix it makes it that more interesting.

We raise funds for  type 1 diabetic kids camps, these camps are invaluable to help them with management of this disease and feel like they are accepted in everyday life. Type 1 diabetes can make you feel isolated and some children feel ashamed of the daily regime of blood tests and insulin injections.

We have been participating in the Murray to Moyne for 12 years and originally started with a small number of riders and crew, now we have 14 riders, 4 drivers and 2 support crew and if you are not a type 1 diabetic you cannot enter our team. Our team Hypoactive is a regular meet up group of active type 1 diabetics that meet up once a month to ride, run, walk and chat to other type 1s

We have had over the last few years a tandem rider crew. One of the riders is legally blind due to long term diabetes complications. They always dress up for the first night ride, in the last few years the boys have dressed up as a bride and groom, Disney characters and other strange outfits.

We have a hypo aware dog come along with us, one of our drivers is a truck driver and she keeps the dog Devo by her side on the truck and alerts her when her sugar levels are low, the poor dog does get confused keeping 20 diabetics in check. 

Moovers - it's not all about the bike

Moovers - it's not all about the bike

The South Gippsland Hospital riders have been somewhat of a late-comer to the Murray to Moyne.  We formed our first team in 2012 and this will be our fifth successive year in the event, now under our new team name "The Moovers".

Our first year highlighted our inexperience and was rather unruly – we had one of the biggest teams In the event divided up into three riding groups: The A’s, The B’s and the Bakery Bus.  All up we totalled 33 and we all got to know the rear follow-car quite well.

Over the years since we have learnt the ropes and refined our team but are pleased to say we still have a wide array of riders and support crew. Our team consists of the Hospital CEO, doctors, nurses, allied health staff, catering staff, environmental staff, staff partners and relatives and one who has been a charismatic patient.

Over our five years of training for the Murray to Moyne, we have had good times and bad. We had one of our team members pass away on a training ride, several who discovered they had substantial medical issues, one crash resulting in a broken shoulder and one seriously injured when hit by a car.  

We all carry the spirit of everyone who has been involved. We have had times when we have lacked incentive and wondered if it was all worth it. But with a bit of team spirit, some words of motivation and an organised ride we always find ourselves back on the bikes. Overall, we love the M2M event.  It has brought our diverse staff together for one common goal, given us the opportunity to raise funds for our fabulous local hospital and enabled the majority of us who are over 50 to keep fit and active.

Over the past five years funds raised have gone towards the Hospital’s Solar Panel Project, Health Programs, Medical Equipment and this year we aim to refurbish the Patient Lounge.

Not many of our team were dedicated cyclists beforehand; in fact many had not ridden a bike since childhood. But we now train and ride regularly and have formed new friendships through cycling.  It has been life changing on many levels for most of us.

The team philosophy is “It's not all about the bike, it is about being part of the team.”  It is about joining in and being part of a group with a common cause and about having a great time doing it….and keeping the “sunny side of 20”.

Photo: South Gippsland Hopital riders.

Portland White Lioners – many teams, one aim

Portland White Lioners – many teams, one aim

The Portland Lions Clubs became formally involved in the Murray to Moyne back in 1997 with several club members being riders and support for the various Portland clubs and organisation that entered teams in the event to raise funds and awareness to Portland Hospital.

In 2005 the opportunity arose with a changing of engineering contractors at Portland Aluminium for the Club to fully integrate and sponsor one of the original of the two smelter teams. The team was then known as the 104 “Muberos” team (Sorebum) but became the 104 “Portland White Lioners” due to its strong connection with riders and support members from Portland Lions.

Over the past ten years the team has introduced 102 riders to the event with those with short memories some still turning up. The team today is the sole Portland Health representative team but still receives strong support for the community and local industry to raise funds for specialty equipment for the hospital with this year’s target a Hoverjack to help remove patients for transport vehicles.

It is estimated that Portland Teams support to the hospital over the 30years would be in excess of $100,000.

This year’s team will consist of five Lions Club Support members and 20 riders made up men and women from Lions and the community. Two of the riders have rides to celebrate with Cecil Baker having ridden in the original events and Ian Rundell having ridden all but a few of the total formal rides.

The Portland Lions Club and our community team members congratulates M2M organisers for this magnificent 30 year achievement and we look forward to continuing our support for the project for many years to come. 

Picture: The original 2005 Portland White Lioners Team

First-timers support Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal

First-timers support Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal
The idea of supporting health services is particularly honourable. Heath services are integral to a
functional community and we need to contribute as members of our community. We’re riding for 
the Royal Childrens Hospital - Good Friday Appeal. 
Two of the team members had their child in the RCH neo natal ICU for the first 4 weeks of their life. The RCH staff tended to and nursed the little one back to health, and at the 5th week the family went home together. This was a unique difficult and challenging experience for the family, but is a daily occurrence for the wonderful staff at the RCH.
Each year the Good Friday Appeal brings together people from all parts of the community to raise much needed funds for equipment, research and education to support the work of The Royal Children's Hospital. Almost half of the funds currently received by The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation are donated through the Good Friday Appeal and are directed to the Hospital.
We are a modest team of 14 riders. Three have ridden M2M in the past, but it was some time ago 
when fluro lyrca and bolt-on tri bars were all the rage. Only one team member has recent experience in an M2M having been in 2 in the past 5 year; we are counting on him!
The team started with an email from a curious cyclist and within weeks the “Good Friday Appeal 
2016” team was born. Fourteen people, friends and strangers combined, spanning two states and 
numerous connections and have all committed to cycling the M2M.
Some team members come from cycling backgrounds and see this as a goal to improve their 
endurance and stamina, and others are just hoping to make it to the end in one piece!!! This is not 
an event that is being taken lightly. The preparation, logistics and training so far have seen sweat 
and tears, but not yet any blood – stay tuned for the post race update.
Reading other team bio’s and seeing years (even decades) of experience is a little intimidating. We are still coming to terms with how to get the bikes on a trailer, and where do we put an esky.
The team has what we’d call ‘fast’ riders and ‘social’ riders and many in-between; a true mixed bag. Two (Jenny and Chris) members have purchased brand new bikes (just for the event) and we can see their hours of training logging up on the team’s strava site.
The most senior rider in the team constantly logs the longest kilometres and elevation gains each week. And hat’s off to Pat and Linda who have so far ridden every mountain of the “7 Peaks” challenge series this summer. I hope they realise it’s pretty flat from Echuca to Port Fairy! 
As a first timer team we are naive enough to be full of enthusiasm for the challenge. Can’t wait till 
Image: Keep a look out for the Good Friday Appeal team riders.

Honouring Sonia & fund raising motivates Kerang team for 22 years

Honouring Sonia & fund raising motivates Kerang team for 22 years

Kerang's involvement with the Murray to Moyne began in 1995 and Rob Mason has had an enormous part in the Kerang M2M team since 1995. He has been involved every year and his motivation and drive to continue on came from tragic circumstances.

In 1995 he got to know a special person called Sonia Laursen aged 23, who was a cyclist and she had found out about the Murray to Moyne ride and was determined to get a team riding to raise money for the Kerang hospital. She recruited some people from her workplace for the team, some who were old enough to be her mother. Training began in earnest for the ride.  Sonia was married in early March 1995 to a local ambulance officer. The M2M was in five weeks time. But on the 11th April 1995, 11 days before the ride, Sonia's name was added to the list of cyclists killed when hit from behind by a motor vehicle.

These tragic circumstances shook up the team, some were shaken to the core by the harsh reality of the dangers faced by cyclists on the open road and pulled out. Others were totally determined to honour Sonia's life by keeping going. Rob was one of these people. Rob was the coach, the captain and also drove the mini bus towing the bike trailer. Five people rode solo that year, riding hour long legs of the journey.  Since that first ride, Rob has continued to organise the M2M ride for 21 years to honour Sonia, and was determined to continue to raise funds for the hospital. So far, $215,000.00 has been distributed to the Kerang Hospital.

He was honoured by winning the Woody's Memorial Award in 2015. He has since handed over the organising of the Murray to Moyne to the Loddon Murray cycling club in 2016 due to ill health. The club has an awesome responsibility to continue on with the same passion for raising funds for Kerang district Health

2016 will be Kerang's 22nd ride. Over these years there have been many participants of varying abilities, however all have enjoyed and completed the rides, many returning year after year.

Picture: The team on the road in 2014 in their new jerseys

Madness brought the trip about – a midlife crisis or similar.

That’s how Hilary King, explains how she is riding from the Pacific through to the Atlantic across 11 American states from Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia from June to October this year.

Hilary is the Manager of M2M riders, the Hamilton Base Riders, and if the M2M wasn't mad enough, she is now in training for the Trans American ride.

“I have a friend who did the original Trans American bicentennial ride 40 years ago - Becky Morton from Western District Health Service (WDHS). 

“This year is the 40th anniversary of the ride and when I retired I wanted to set myself a tough challenge outside my comfort zone so this is it. The group I am riding with is the Adventure Cycling Association of America - so I am guessing mostly they will be Americans. I won't know anyone when I get there.

“I am riding a great Australian touring bike- a Vivente. It’s designed for tough Australian conditions. Much heavier than the road bike but strong enough to carry the weight of four panniers, handlebar bag and rack gear. We will doing between 80-100 miles a day with rest days every ten days or so, when we get to sleep in a motel and hopefully wash properly etc. 

“We travel through beautiful places like Yellowstone National Park and the Teuton National Park but are required to carry bear spray which is slightly off putting.

“I will be writing a blog as I travel so am hoping people will write back to keep me going through the tough times. Training hard, although getting time is a struggle. I am certainly not fast but happy to do the distances. The big hills (The Rockies, the Orzarks and the Appalachians) and heat will be my biggest challenges, I think. 

Hilary is travelling with a group of 15 and will be completely self sufficient, camping and carrying all their gear for 7000kms. The group expects to take about 93 days including test days.

It's a big challenge and we are sure it will be the trip of a lifetime, as Hilary planned. We wish her well on her journey and the 2016 M2M.

Go hard or go home – Brocka Bushrangers' 20th ride

Go hard or go home – Brocka Bushrangers' 20th ride
Ned Kelly started riding a bike for fitness after ceasing long distance running because of an ankle and knee injury.  His sister posted him a ‘Murray to Moyne’ pamphlet to tempt him with the challenge of riding 520 kms over 24 hour relay charity bike ride.  
At Ned’s good mate Pat Lourey’s son’s birthday party, there was a discussion of possibly entering a team into the 1997 Murray to Moyne.  Pat’s old bike had 3 gears on it and he managed to borrow a wheel from his sister to replace the damaged front wheel.  Sunday morning training sessions began.
Ned’s daughter Jacinta has been a regular client at Brocka Respite House over many years.  After speaking with Robyn Beavis (Manager of Scope Respite House), it was decided funds would be raised for Brocka Respite House.  Purchases made from fundraising would provide much needed equipment  for the severely disabled young adults in care.  It would give their carers a break and provide a safer work environment for the workers at the Brocka House.
The Murray to Moyne was advertised as only needing to travel 22km per hour to complete the full trip within the time-frame required. The training course was set at a distance of 30 kms and the team was very proud to complete the course with a cigarette stop halfway through the ride.  Soon after Ned’s nephew joined in the training and introduced his work make Stephen Hook.  Ned and Pat were a bit shocked when Stephen turned up with his flash Shogun bike that had foot clips on the pedals and left the other riders behind by 50 metres up the first hill.  Other friends and relatives were then invited to join the team. The first team was called the Brocka Bandits and from then on it became the Brocka Bushrangers for the following nineteen years.
The first year of the Murray to Moyne saw the team depart Newcomb in a borrowed combie van and Milroy’s chook farm delivery van.  The bikes were stored inside the delivery van and the combie was used to transport the riders, food and drinks.
Just out of Lascelles on course to Mildura, the combie was low on fuel.  As it was ANZAC Day no petrol stations were open.  It was decided there was plenty of diesel for the delivery van so it could tow the combie.  As the tow rope was being attached, some CWA ladies pulled up to set up for ANZAC Day afternoon tea.  On enquiring of the problem one of the women called her husband to meet the team up the road with a jerry can of fuel. There was a strong refusal to accept a payment but their help was greatly appreciated.
Over the years new team members have joined and the organization of the ride and support crew have improved.  Trailers were modified to hold ten bikes.  The use of support vehicles for the riders was a vast improvement on the original combie and other vehicles.  Cycling tops were designed and printed for the Brocka Bushrangers.  More focus was geared towards fundraising events and training and, friendships have developed and grown over the nineteen years of the event.  
Extreme gestures of kindness and charity have seen the Brocka Bushrangers become a team of great mates focused on having a great weekend while enduring pain and suffering, laughter and cheer to help young adults with severe disabilities.
Donations raised by the Brock Bushrangers are $6,000 to $7,000 annually.  Purchases made from fundraising include some of the following;  fridges, recliner chairs, various furniture and hi-fi equipment, hoists (lifting machines), improvement to outdoor areas, modification to bathrooms and bedrooms and purchase of every day household kitchen equipment etc.  
This amounts to approximately $120,000.00 over the nineteen years donated by individuals, businesses and workplaces to the Brocka Bushrangers fundraising efforts.  As a result, the facilities at Brocka Respite House are safe, friendly and well equipped for clients to enjoy when on respite.
We have received generous hospitality from various people on each Murray to Moyne who accommodate the team by opening up their homes, providing home cooked meals, showers and a bed at very late hours.  These people are;
  • Barry and Loris Kelly of Swan Hill (accommodation Friday night);
  • Rod and Gayla Holmes, Greg and Kerry Overall of Hamilton (accommodation Saturday night).  

This is greatly appreciated by the team who look forward to knowing that they will have a decent, shower, meal and bed by very welcoming people.

Over the years there have been a few incidences involving bad weather, double-booking of accommodation by estate agents and a broken down trailer.  On this occasion the drawbar broke on the trailer.  Assistance was sought from a nearby farm house where two brothers Rory and Neil were more than happy to provide some steel, welder and a tractor (and plenty of laughs along the way) to get the trailer repaired and on the road again after a two and a half hour delay.
It has been a fantastic effort by a lot of people over the years and great commitment by some of the riders.  Pat Lourey and Stephen Hook have ridden in nineteen Murray to Moyne events.  Ned Kelly seventeen, Andrew Spina fifteen and Kevin Warburton (rider) and Noel Brebner (support) have participated in thirteen.
The motto over has been GO HARD OR GO HOME and get a CUP OF CONCRETE INTO YOU AND HARDEN UP!
Photo: First ride in 1997

MG Devondalers support CERT for 6th year

MG Devondalers support CERT for 6th year

The Murray Goulburn Koroit team, known as the MG Devondalers, started in 2011 with the aim to help the local community, and stay healthy at work.

The idea of entering the Murray to Moyne came from the highly successful Koroit MG Health Group which promotes health initiatives across the factory site and within the Koroit community.

The team consisted of a majority of ‘first-time riders’ and the focus was about being inclusive and raising the fitness/health of the whole group (and having some fun along the way).

We have been able to encourage riders from across the factory, including our site manager, and last year we adopted the Hawkesdale Secondary College students as they had been trying to enter a team for the previous couple of years.

In helping the community the MG Devondalers support local CERT groups.

“Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) consist of ambulance volunteers who function as ‘first responders’ within communities where the nearest ambulance branch is at a distanceThe ‘Hawkesdale CERT’ was founded after a local dairy farmer was seriously injured and had to wait over 45 min for urgent medical attention.

As a group we decided to fundraise for this cause as it’s such an important service to the local community and our tanker drivers and farmers can be in these situations, requiring assistance if an accident occurs. We support the three local CERT groups - Hawkesdale, Nullawarre and Port Campbell.

The team fundraises during the year with BBQs and raffles at the factory and a major raffle that all CERT groups assist with selling tickets. The total raised for the local groups over the four years is nearly $30,000 which has been used to assist CERT Group members to attend training and group meetings.

We have been fortunate that many of the service providers to Murray Goulburn understand the importance of the CERT groups and donate to the cause.

We are proud to support the efforts of the Murray to Moyne organisation and congratulate everyone involved for the 30 years of riding and fundraising (and having fun).

Yarra Ranges win Fundraising Prize

Yarra Ranges win Fundraising Prize

The YARRA RANGERS were drawn for this year’s Fundraising Prize.

The prize is 2 nights accommodation for 6 at “Rockpool”, a brand new luxurious double storey townhouse with breathtaking views of South Beach (Pea Soup Cove). Ideal for couples and small families. 

The Yarra Ranges team now has the opportunity to use the prize to raise more money for their chosen health organisation or charity.

The prize is generously donated by Langley's, Port Fairy Accommodation Booking Service.

The Rapid Relief Team comes to the rescue again

The Rapid Relief Team comes to the rescue again

In recognition and support of all the hard work and money raised by the teams in the M2M ride, RRT (Rapid Relief Team) volunteers will be serving breakfast at the Swan Hill start and a meal for all riders and support crews at the Stawell stop-over. 


Back in '97 the riding bug bites Keith Cogstrippers

Back in '97 the riding bug bites Keith Cogstrippers
Local Health Centre coordinator, Heather Cozens recognised the Murray to Moyne as an opportunity to focus fundraising for Keith Hospital. She recruited riders and a support crew and in 1997 eight Keith riders joined Bordertown Bandaids in riding the Murray to Moyne Bike Relay from Mildura to Port Fairy.
The riding bug had bitten and in 1998 Keith sent a full team to ride their first Murray to Moyne as Keith Cogstrippers. 
Flintoffs’ Electrical showed faith in the early years and then Malthouses’ Engineering, Stansburys’ IGA and Snajdars’ Farmers Centre sponsored the team.
Heather Cozens and Sandi Hausler ensured fund raising continued each year and riders gained more experience under the guidance of team captain, Don Sommerville. The Keith community turned out in droves at Cogstrippers’ quiz nights.  
Stones Buses of Keith have shown exceptional generosity in supplying transport for the team for more than a decade. Only with their support has the continued participation in Murray to Moynes been possible. 
Fundraising reached a new level when recycling of cans became a focus for Team 19. Don Sommerville had the foresight and energy to streamline the operation to the point where environmental grants saw the group develop an efficient plant for sorting cans, bottles and milk cartons. 
Craig Rowsell took on the captaincy of the group and a regular stream of new members (we’re now up to 55 M2M riders) have taken up cycling. Cogstrippers have become a local role model for their pursuit of fitness, fund raising and community spirit.

Car breakdown leads Team Outpatients to 20 M2Ms.

Car breakdown leads Team Outpatients to 20 M2Ms.

Hopetoun people have been watching and cheering on riders for many years. The breakdown of a car led to Hopetoun getting its own team and that’s how it evolved for us to be celebrating 20 years.

 In 1994 when participating team “The Privateyes” had car trouble and thought they would have to abandon their ride in Hopetoun, former local man Lindsay “Dutchie” Frost came to the rescue and loaned the team his work car so they could complete the rest of the ride. The “Privateyes”  over the next 2 years supported Hopetoun Hospital and visited for a fundraiser each year and with their support the inaugural meeting was held on 6th May 1996. The first team of 9 riders set off from Mildura in 1997 for the first ride. The team consisted of Gary Martin, Brian Poulton, Leo Glen, Shane Macklin, Daryl Burdett, Wayne Derrick, Les Solly, Keith Renkin and Stewart Hallam along with Susie Hallam and Faye Cook as support crew.

So this is how the journey began. Back in these early days money was raised for the Hopetoun Bush Nursing Hospital but when the new facility was built it became Rural Northwest Health Hopetoun Campus. It took until the year 2000 for the first female rider to join the team and Donna Scobie rode alongside the men.

Team Outpatients boast three people who have been with them in some way each year since 1996, these are Les Solly, 2014 Graham Woodrup Memorial Award winner and now a Life Governor of Rural Northwest Health, Una Splatt – past Matron of HBNH and Sue Afford former Secretary and Rider.

Over all of these years Team Outpatients has been fully supported by the Hopetoun and surrounding districts and it is always interesting time for fundraising with the lead up to the ride each year. The Brown Family, the late Max Brown and his wife Valmai and their son Ross and Janine and family donate the use of a “Cambacanya” bus each year, and along with the Speed Lions Club have been donating each year and we acknowledge their support.

Team Outpatients have had many riders over the years and we wish to mention Richard Price from Melbourne who comes up each year to ride with Team Outpatients, Richard has been doing this for many years and even after suffering from a broken hip from a ride fall he was soon back on the bike and back riding with us.

In the year 2006 Hopetoun boasted 2 teams TO2 rode as well and this was great to see such a small community having 2 teams. TO2 rode for a couple more years boosting funds for Rural Northwest Health. Other teams to ride and fundraise for us have been The Old Mallee Bulls. Our close neighbours “Beulah Blue Flames” and the “Warracknabeal Wheelies” have had teams participating over the years but they no longer ride so Team Outpatients have been able to pick up some very valuable riders. Brad Martin has been a team member of both of these teams and Brad has only missed one ride since 2002. This year is very special for the Martin Family as Brad sees his young son Will join the team and we will all be very proud to see them ride into Port Fairy on Sunday 3rd April with Family present to cheer them on.

 2014 saw our Team have 2 riders go down just out of Lascelles. Colin Symes a member and rider for many years was taken to Melbourne by Helicopter from the Brim oval and remained in Hospital for quite some time. On the Friday evening after the accident members of Team Outpatients visited Colin, Donna and Rohan and proudly presented Col with his Medallion, smiling not able to move but wearing this around his neck brace. Colin continues each day on his road to recovery and is back riding his bike. Nothing would please us more than Colin leading the team into Port Fairy this year, who knows? We will be forever grateful for all the support that was given to Colin his Family and our Team from all other teams who stopped and assisted and continued to follow up.

Team Outpatients may only have a small committee of workers but all involved work extremely hard to raise these valuable funds that are used for upgrades or new equipment and are very proud of all that Team Outpatients have been able to donate to our Hospital/Aged Care Facility which has 4 Acute Beds and Urgent Care as well as 24 Aged Care Beds.