Posted 06 May 2016
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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Posted 04 April 2016
2016 Woody’s Memorial Award Winners
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:
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
Posted 01 April 2016
Posted 15 March 2016
Posted 15 March 2016
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 that...in 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
Posted 15 March 2016
Photo: The 2015 cohealth team at the finishing line in Port Fairy with local MP, Dan Tehan.
Posted 12 March 2016
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.
Posted 09 March 2016
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”.
Posted 09 March 2016
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
Posted 07 March 2016
Posted 04 March 2016
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
Posted 28 February 2016
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.
Posted 25 February 2016
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.
Posted 23 February 2016
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).
Posted 16 February 2016
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.
Posted 11 February 2016
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.
Posted 25 January 2016
Posted 25 January 2016
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.