Nathalia RRT turned on breakfast for riders of the 31st Annual Murray to Moyne Bike Ride on April 1, 2017. Murray to Moyne raises fund for hospitals across Victoria. 15 Nathalia RRT volunteers assembled at the starting point at Scenic Drive, Echuca at 5:30am to provide egg and bacon rolls, fresh fruit, juice and hot drinks for over 500 people, consisting of riders and their support teams.
As first light began to break over the banks of the Murray River, ride organisers arrived and set up registration, followed by mini buses of riders from all walks of life and passionate cyclists from as far away as Brisbane. What had been only an hour before, a quiet and almost deserted area, became a hive of activity.
Murray to Moyne riders have three different starting points across the state of Victoria all ending up at Port Fairy, in the state’s south. From Echuca, the cyclists travelled through mostly flat, dry cropping and diary country, to Pyramid Hill, Charlton, St Arnaud, and on to Stawell for the evening, where RRT Stawell provided a well-earned tea. They then continued on Sunday to Hamilton and on to Port Fairy.
RRT Swan Hill
Murray to Moyne has 2 goals (a) to raise funds for hospitals and health services throughout Victoria and (b) to continue Woody’s dream of getting more people to realise the health benefits of riding a bike! Graham Wood (Woody) initiated the very first ride of this event, 30 years ago to raise money for the Port Fairy Hospital. This was a result of a challenge from his wife and her friends to ride from the Murray Rover to the Moyne River in relay style. From the first ride, Woody saw the potential it had and enabled it to grow into the huge event it has become today.
Not only did Woody throw out the challenge to everyone to get on a bike and have a go, he also set the example to help others whenever you have the opportunity. His life ended tragically while on a training ride. In memory of Woody, and to honour his commitment, the Murray to Moyne continues on today, some 30 years after its inception.
For the ride that began at Swan Hill, the RRT showed their support by providing a hearty breakfast to all participants and support teams. As with RRT Nathalia, breakfast consisted of egg and bacon rolls, fresh fruit, muffins etc. RRT received $347.85 in donations towards the breakfast which was in turn passed on to the M2M charity.
In the spirit of the Murray to Moyne to raise much needed funds for healthcare, teams nominate which hospitals and health services they will raise funds for. In recent events over $1 million has been raised each year, which is a huge help to the healthcare sector in Victoria.
There were approximately 1500 riders this year, commencing from 3 locations, Mildura, Echuca and Swan Hill and ending at Port Fairy, Sunday April 2, 2017. RRT Stawell once again had the privilege of providing a meal for the riders and their support teams on Saturday evening, April 1.
This is the second time RRT have been able to support Murray to Moyne and are grateful for the opportunity to follow Woody’s example to help others wherever you can.