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Cyclists ride 537km for Deni Hospital

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April 13, 2018

Team members (from left) Deb Bowie, Sue Pitts, Darren Young, Burt Banks, Mark Jeffrey, Don Bull, Chelsea Jeffrey, John Trist, Grant McKern, Sue Laing, Graeme Butcher, Karen Butcher, Dean Barnes, Travis Cassidy and Matt Tubb.

Dean Barnes, Don Bull and Matt Tubb riding into Port Fairy.

The local Murray to Moyne team raised just under $10,000 for Deniliquin Hospital as part of the annual cycle relay event which was held last weekend.

The 14 Deniliquin cyclists worked in tandem to complete the 537km journey from Echuca to Port Fairy across Saturday and Sunday.

The team was made up of Deb Bowie, Sue Pitts, Darren Young, Burt Banks, Mark Jeffrey, Don Bull, Chelsea Jeffrey, John Trist, Grant McKern, Sue Laing, Graeme Butcher, Karen Butcher, Dean Barnes and Matt Tubb, plus support person Travis Kennedy.

Money raised will be used to buy a defibrillator and a crash trolley for the new permanent renal dialysis unit at the hospital.

Experienced local rider Graeme Butcher has taken part in the annual event for 29 years and said the team worked well and supported each other.

‘‘A lot of these riders have been doing it for more than 15 years.

‘‘It all ran really smoothly which does not happen very often. We were lucky to have tail winds pushing us and the weather was absolutely beautiful,’’ he said.

The riders stopped in Hamilton overnight and then resumed the ride to Port Fairy the next morning.

‘‘We rode about 100km on Sunday and made great time, getting to the finish line by midday,’’ Mr Butcher said.

Deniliquin Hospital staff member Jamie Counsell, who was involved in organising and fundraising for the event, said they were pleased with the result.

‘‘Thank you to the people who donated and the community for their support of our annual movie night (fundraiser).

‘‘We really appreciate everyone who has helped along the way, allowing us to purchase needed equipment that can’t otherwise be bought for the hospital.’’

The Murray to Moyne is a team relay event where participants raise funds for hospitals, health services and related charities. About 1500 riders took part in this year’s event. The Deniliquin team raised money through donations and their annual mystery movie night.

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