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Cycling Robe to Bendigo - November 14 to 21, 2010

The following article was written by Elaine Gregory and published in the February 2011 edition of the Gisborne Gazette.

Riding the gold trail - Robe to Bendigo

Impressed by the early Chinese goldminers’ walk from Robe in South Australia to Bendigo – 551 km – to seek their fortunes, Lesley McKibbin, local member of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group, challenged her bike-riding friends to do the same: a bit further than their usual Tuesday bike rides!

Having settled on the route, with stopovers at Penola, Casterton, Cavendish, Halls Gap and Avoca before arriving in Bendigo, Lesley suggested they could perhaps ask well-wishers to sponsor their ride with donations to the Cancer in Kids Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

CIKA is the major focus for the MR Focus Group, who have donated over $60,000 to CIKA in the past 10 to 12 years.

One of the riders had lost a child to cancer so it was a cause close to their hearts. The age of the riders ranged from 61 to 82 years, and all have ridden for pleasure widely in Australia and overseas. It was no surprise to them that they received enthusiastic receptions and support on their ride.

The riders were Lesley, Valeria and Ian Hawkins, David Bidmade, Janice Anderson, Max Greenall (82), Barry Rayner and Ruth Edelsten, with Shirley Quarrell driving the support van.

At Cavendish the riders received a great welcome, and a party ensued to celebrate Max’s 82nd birthday. Local riders at Penola joined the group for about 20 km as they rode out.

At the end, with lots of happy stories, Lesley was able to hand over a cheque for $3,059 to the president of CIKA, Sandra Lehrer, at the December Focus lunch meeting at the Riddells Creek Hotel.