The East Grampians Health Service’s Murray to Moyne bike riding teams, the Cranks and Defibrillators, have enjoyed another excellent fundraising year with strong assistance from the local Ararat community.
This year both teams raised over $16,600, with all funds going towards the purchase of a Anaesthetic Monitor for the Perioperative Unit at East Grampians Health Service to allow doctors closely observe patients vital signs which includes blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen levels in the blood.
East Grampians Health Service Community Liaison Officer Mr. Danny Drake said “This year’s ride was physically challenging due to into strong winds. All riders and support crew were well supported by Christians Bus Services who provided two buses for the ride which was terrific. We had many other local businesses that supported the ride with a monetary donation or by an in kind donation. Ararat Rotary provided a wonderful barbeque dinner in Horsham as the riders were riding through on their way to Hamilton, which was much appreciated,” he said
East Grampians Health Service Chief Executive, Mr. Nick Bush also thanked the ride supporters and said” I would like to acknowledge the support of all businesses and people of the Ararat and surrounding communities who have provided significant support to this this year’s Murray to Moyne.
East Grampians Health Service Associate Nurse Manager, Mrs Tracey Walters said “The team spirit all weekend was really great, we had many good times and laughs along the way. I thank all the people and businesses who sponsored the riders and teams which helped to make the ride a huge success.” she said
East Grampians Health Service Theatre Manager, Mrs Jane Smith highlighted that the new monitor is state of the art. It has a touch screen to operate and has the ability to print out measured observations following surgery to be placed in the patient’s history. Mrs Smith expressed her gratitude to all the riders, support crew and to all the people and businesses that donated money to help purchase this vital piece of equipment.