Sixteen cyclists made up of East Grampians Health Service staff and community members are ready to hit the road for the 2018 Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay.
The Murray to Moyne Relay will be held over the weekend of April 7 and 8 and will see the riders, backed by a support crew of seven, ride 525 kilometres from Swan Hill to Port Fairy.
The two teams of riders – the Cranks and Defibrillators – have been training since before Christmas and have also conducted a number of fundraising events over the past few months.
The teams have set a target of $15,000, raising funds for new outdoor play equipment for the EGHS Ark Toy and Activity Library, when it moves to a new space in the redeveloped Community Health Centre.
Fundraisers have included hosting the Ararat Trash and Treasure Market, a Trivia Night, Ride-a-thon and an Easter Egg Hunt.
“We have a great team this year, made up of experienced and new riders, but all have been putting in the miles and are looking forward to the relay,” Cranks’ captain Alan Young said.
“East Grampians Health Service has participated in Murray to Moyne for around 25 years and in that time has raised thousands of dollars for new equipment for the health service.”
EGHS chief executive Nick Bush thanked the riders and their support crew, which includes four bus drivers and a catering crew, for their ongoing support of the health service.
“The Cranks and Defibrillators are fantastic ambassadors for the health service and we are very proud of their achievements both on road and in raising valuable funds towards much needed equipment,” Mr Bush said.