Charity Trust Bike Ride 2013
> In Support of Appin Hall Children’s Foundation and HeartKids Tasmania
In November 2013, 80 riders participated in the Annual Charity Trust Bike Ride, raising $20,000 for Appin Hall Children’s Foundation and $20,000 for HeartKids Tasmania. There is a linkage between assisting these two worthy Tasmanian benevolent organisations, as both assist children in need. For HeartKids, the funds will specifically target Tasmanian children who are born with a heart disease, and for Appin Hall, the funds will assist many children who desperately require respite; those who are suffering from a serious illness, or trauma, and require a safe and happy haven. Upon receiving the donation, Maggie and Ronnie Burns, Directors of Appin Hall, thanked the riders for their “amazing generosity and effort” and reiterated “what a joy and honour it is for us all to work together, to create a loving environment for children who need care”.
This was the 7th Annual Charity Trust Bike Ride, again coordinated by Constable Richard Douglas. The funds were raised by 80 very enthusiastic riders, who battled difficult terrain and terrible weather conditions, during their 400km challenge. The ride took them from the high country of Cradle Mountain to Strahan on the West Coast, then to Queenstown, to Tarraleah and then on to Hobart. Commissioner Hine joined this last section, and battled valiantly with his fellow riders into strong headwinds through to Hobart.
Constable Douglas summed up the whole ride by stating “it was a grueling ride, with a particularly challenging and memorable day being Mt Arrowsmith”. Battling steep sections, driving rain and exhaustion, it is only through the support and encouragement of fellow riders, that it is possible to keep pressing on to Hobart.
The Board of the Tasmania Police Charity Trust extend their appreciation to Constable Douglas and to all the riders for their participation and enthusiasm.
So keen are some of the riders to participate in this event, that they have already signed up for next years – this time the ride will take them from Burnie to Cradle Mountain on 28 November 2014 through to George Town, and concluding in Launceston on 30 November 2014. Again the participants will support children in need, this time for Autism Tasmania and Angels Goal Anti-Bullying. So successful is the Bide Ride, and so entrenched in the avid cyclists calendar, that Constable Douglas has devised plans for rides up to 2016 – which will be the 10th anniversary of the Ride.
Congratulations to Constable Douglas for coordinating these most successful events!
(22-24 November 2013)