PDH To Honour White Lioners Murray to Moyne Cyclist

From Left: Daryl Petch, George James, Carolyn Malseed, Huon Beauglehole, Geoff Baker and David Lanyon
Friday, 6 April 2018
The commitment of Portland’s Murray to Moyne teams to raise money for Portland District Health will be permanently recognised with a commemorative paver.

The double-sized paver is being installed near the Blue Ribbon Foundation Portland District Health Emergency Helipad.

This year Portland Lions Club’s White Lioners Murray to Moyne team aims to raise $6000 for the purchase of a new chair for PDH's chemotherapy service.

This is the 16th year the Lions Club has organised a team for the cycling relay but the local efforts to support Murray to Moyne stretch back more than 30 years.

PDH CEO Chris Giles said it was fitting that the many Murray to Moyne teams be recognised for outstanding work over the decades.

The effort of these riders over so many years has helped PDH to purchase equipment that helps our local community, Ms Giles said.

The major fund-raiser for this year’s event will be the sale of fire wood from the Lions Club Fauna Park and can be purchased through team organiser George James who can be contacted on 0418 504840.

Mr James said there had been a long commitment from service clubs and the cycling fraternity to raising money for PDH.

It has been a big thing over the years, he said. Some riders have ridden up to 20 times for the various teams.

Previously there were several groups riding in the Murray to Moyne each year to raise funds for PDH these came from local schools, industries, service clubs and private cycling groups.

This year on April 7-8 the White Lioners team will do a social ride to Hamilton on Saturday and will join the official program from Hamilton to Port Fairy the following day.

It's been hard to get the minimum 10 to 12 people needed to ensure the team enjoys the longer ride to commit to go to Mildura on the Friday but this way we continue to be part of the program and do the important thing, which is raise money for the hospital. If there are cyclists that would like to join the group they are welcome to make contact me, Mr James said.

Proceeds from the 2018 Charity Golf Day will also be invested in replacing chemotherapy and dialysis treatment chairs which are designed to ensure optimal patient comfort and staff safety.

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