Caring to do the hard yards

September 11, 2017

Edwina Gallagher was all smiles during the ride.

Betty Ollie, 6, with her mother Emma Colson.

Kerry McGee took part in the 50km ride.

Michelle Edwards, Jo Pickles, Patricia Garraway and Tracey Creighton took part in the 50km ride.

Zac Drayton, 11, rode in the 50km ride.

Having raised more than $300000 for Goulburn Valley Hospice Care to date, Shepparton’s Fruit Loop Ride was again a success with more than 160 riders taking part in the charity event yesterday.

Fruit Loop Ride committee member David Abbey said they had the perfect weather for the event, which took place throughout yesterday morning.

‘‘We had good numbers and there was a really good vibe,’’ he said.

Mr Abbey said the 160 participants were spread across the three ride lengths — a 115km route to Dookie and back, a 50km ride through Congupna and for the first time a children’s ride at KidsTown.

‘‘The kids had a great time,’’ he said.

‘‘They spent half-an-hour at KidsTown where they got to play for free.’’

In its 17th year, the event has been hailed as one of the most ‘‘fun’’ cycling events on the annual calendar.

‘‘One lady came up to me and said she competes in a lot of cycling events and this is by far the most fun event she’s been in,’’ Mr Abbey said.

He thanked this year’s sponsors, Avanti Plus, for its donation of a $3000 bicycle, which was won by a Melbourne man.

‘‘(Thanks) also (to) Mark DePaola from Graham Hill Eyecare who donated two pairs of $250 Adidas sunglasses,’’ he said.

‘‘Thanks also go to the Aussie Hotel who sponsored an entry challenge where they donated $500 to encourage local groups to sign up and the GOAT Riding Team had the most amount of entries.’’

He said the Shepparton Bears clubrooms were filled with participants after the ride, organised by the Rotary Club of Shepparton Central and catered by the Rotary Club of Shepparton South.

‘‘We’re looking forward to next year to get as many kids as possible to make this a great family friendly event,’’ Mr Abbey said.

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