Three-day trek raises much needed cash for local hospitals

Marcel Little, Frank O’Reilly and Darryl Pederson organise the raffle of the ‘Giant Talon’ mountain bike.
Marcel Little, Frank O’Reilly and Darryl Pederson organise the raffle of the ‘Giant Talon’ mountain bike.

The three-day, three-hospital Charity Mountain Bike Ride event hit the road again on Friday, July 27 for an amazing fundraising trek. Twenty exhilarated mountain bike riders took part in this sixth year event along with four support crew.

On Friday they left from Kyogle and rode to Afterlee Public School where the nine students contributed generously with a wonderful donation toward their goals. Then heading along Murray Scrub Road to Coxs Road onto Summerland Way and up the mountain to Woodenbong where they stayed over at Woodenbong Hotel.

The evening festivities began with a barbecue dinner, speeches, a fabulous monster raffle run by the Urbenville Hospital Auxiliary with all the prizes donated by very generous persons and local businesses of Woodenbong, Urbenville and Killarney. An auction for a Coke Esky was run as a bonus fundraiser. All proceeds are put to good use buying needs for the Urbenville Multi Purpose Service.  

A special mention of sponsors was made for M J Smith Group of Woodenbong, Ritchies IGA of Kyogle and Kyogle Lions Club. Thanks were given to Harris Cycles of Lismore for their ongoing support over the six years.

After being presented with a cheque for $3500 the president of Urbenville Hospital Auxiliary, Mrs Val Flint, said: “The Auxiliary members would like to thank the event organisers, riders, sponsors and all concerned of the 3 Hospital Charity Mountain Bike ride.

“The Auxiliary is especially grateful to the local community who supported it and the raffle adding another $748 to our local cause as all proceeds raised go to the Urbenville Multi Purpose Service to further enhance the already excellent facility and the extra comfort of the residents”.

On Saturday an early start saw the riders leave for Bonalbo via Beaury Creek Road to Tooloom Falls for lunch and onto Bonalbo where they called in to the Bonalbo Hospital and then onto more festivities at the Dog’N’Bull Hotel. The raffle for the ‘Giant Talon’ Mountain Bike, kindly donated by Harris Cycles of Lismore was to be drawn here as well adding a share to each of the Hospitals fundraising.

Sunday the riders headed via Peacock Creek, over Mt Brown, into Dyraaba and then headed back to Kyogle where they were greeted with a barbecue in the Amphitheatre Parklands set up by Kyogle Lions Club with laughs and talks of the fun times had.

This years total for the ride is $12,000 over the three hospitals for this year’s fundraising. Kyogle Hospital received $4000, Urbenville MPS $3500, and $3500 for the Bonalbo Hospital.

Congratulations to all involved as over the six years of running the event $95,000 has been raised, a remarkable effort for well deserving local causes. Urbenville Hospital Auxiliary overall total is $4,798 including donations.