Charity Trust Bike Ride 2010

Participants riding bikes in the Annual Tasmania Police Charity Trust Bike Ride. The Annual Tasmania Police Charity Trust Bike Ride for 2010 has again been hailed as an extremely successful event (for the fourth year in a row). All participants immensely enjoying their pedalling experience (not to mention the camaraderie and laughs along the way), and managed to raise a total of $32,000 for Camp Quality Tasmania.

Fundraising proceeded throughout the year in earnest with many a sausage sizzle being held around the State. All fourty-four participants were bursting with enthusiasm to raise funds for Camp Quality Tasmania. Some participants were supported by their workplaces in contributing to the fundraising effort. For example, six participants from Vodafone managed to raise $2,873 between them, and this was matched dollar for dollar by Vodafone. Our appreciation is extended to all of those who contributed to this worthy cause ensuring the events success. It is noted that all the cyclists cover their own costs, so 100% of monies raised go directly to the cause.

The bike ride commenced from the Launceston PCYC on Friday, 26 November 2010 and travelled via Derby and Scottsdale, then on to St Helens, a total of 160kms peddling in just one day. Senior Constable Steve Ockerby was interviewed by a reporter for the Examiner and said at the time “There are a lot of hills, but we all love riding, its good fun, and for a good cause” (The Examiner, 24 November 2010).

All cyclists, many of whom had participated in numerous Tasmania Police Charity Trust Bike Rides in the past, agreed that this first stretch from Launceston to St Helens was the hardest yet. The itinerary encompassed many, many hills and all agreed, it was tough. This particular section caused much blood, sweat and tears. One cyclist even encountered two punctures causing much angst. The day’s highs and lows were all in the name of a good cause though, and after a well-earned meal at The Tidal Waters, St Helens all was forgotten, until the tired legs were required to pedal another 160kms the next day.

On Saturday, 27 November the Bike Ride continued from St Helens to arrive at Swansea for lunch, then to Triabunna, a total of 160kms. Overnight accommodation was at the Tandara Motor Inn.

On Sunday, 28 November participants travelled their final stretch from Triabunna to the Tasmania Police Academy, a total of 100kms. The event concluded at the Tasmania Police Academy on Sunday, 28 November at 1.00pm. The cyclists were pleased to see the finish line after cycling 420kms over three days. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Darren Hine, met the participants for a grand finale barbeque at the Academy, to personally thank them for their efforts.

The Tasmania Police Charity Trust is pleased to say that this year’s event raised a total of $32,000, the beneficiary being Camp Quality Tasmania. A media event was conducted at Camp Quality Tasmania’s offices in Hobart on Sunday, 16 January 2011.  Sergeant Andrew Fitzgerald was proud to present the $32,000 cheque to the Camp Quality Tasmania Area Manager, Lynn Stein.  Sergeant Fitzgerald is an enthusiastic member of the Tasmania Police Charity Trust Bike Ride and stated that ‘we all love the experience, and it’s great to see the fruition of all our efforts’.  Lynn Stein thanked the Tasmania Police Charity Trust for the significant donation.  She stated that the funds would be utilised to help Camp Quality support children affected by cancer, and noted that they were currently supporting 140 families.  The Tasmania Police Charity Trust are proud of the fact that peddle power has proved a positive way to extend assistance to these families, through Camp Quality programs.  Whilst the presentation was taking place, Camp Quality volunteers could be seen in the background, busily preparing for the first camp of the year.

Participants are so enthusiastic and committed to the Bike Ride that plans for the 2011 Bike Ride are already nearing completion. Constable Richard Douglas, the Coordinator of the annual event, advises that next year the Bike Ride will travel a different route, encompassing the West Coast. The bike ride will start at Cradle Mountain via Strahan and will again conclude at the Tasmania Police Academy. The Bike Ride departs in the last weekend of November every year.

The Tasmania Police Charity Trust extends its gratitude to the coordinators, volunteers, support crew, sponsors and participants of this event. Their enthusiasm to ensure the event is an outstanding success is much appreciated. The Charity Trust would also like to thank the many contributors and to all of those generous people who donated funds along the way. The participants of the ride were often astounded by the generosity of members of the public.

In 2011 the Tasmania Police Charity Trust will be supporting the Menzies Research Institute, in particular supporting their research into childhood illnesses. Those who are interested in participating should contact Constable Richard Douglas of Burnie.

(26-28 November 2010)