The second annual ‘Pedal Cure 4 MND’ cycling event, which raises money for FightMND, expects to raise $160,000 once all the donation counting is complete. The convoy of riders set off from Ungarie in the central west of NSW en-route to Windy Hill in Melbourne, the home of the Essendon Football Club where Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris Daniher played a combined total of 618 VFL/AFL games.
On arrival a Windy Hill on Saturday, the rising tally had reached $156,000.
The fundraiser took 7-days and included riding through 30 towns along the route with overnight stays and nightly events in Ariah Park, Lockhart, Albury, Benalla, Nagambie & Lancefield before pedalling into Windy Hill to hundreds or family and well-wishers.
Twenty-eight riders rode every kilometre of the 757 travelled while an additional 150 enthusiastic cyclists participated in one or several of the legs.
One of the riders that rode the full distance was a 15-year-old fundraiser from Urana who was joined by her Dad while the oldest rider to complete the full course was a 74-year-old from Lockhart – he was joined in a support vehicle by his wife who prepared breakfasts, lunches and snacks for the cyclists while on the road.
Newly appointed Melbourne Football Club skipper Max Gawn spoke at a dinner in Albury while Essendon great Simon Madden, VFL legend and larrikin Peter ‘Crackers’ Keenan, Hawthorn stars Isaac Smith and Luke Breust, St. Kilda young gun Jack Steele and Paralympic skier Michael Milton all supported the event and made appearances throughout the week.
Event co-organiser Paul Breust says the event was another great success raising money for a great and worthy cause.
“Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the Pedal Cure 4 MND event in 2020, which raised vital funds that will go a long way to help fight MND and fund more important research for treatments and hopefully a cure.
“Organisers, riders, support crews, sporting celebrities and sponsors make events like ours possible and I can’t thank everyone for all their individual and collective contributions in what was a fantastic week,” Breust said.
FightMND CEO Jamie Howden applauded and thanked everyone involved in Pedal Cure 4 MND.
“FightMND continue to be humbled by the commitment to fundraising by the Australian community and this unique and growing event is testament to that commitment and I congratulate and thank everyone involved.
“The funds raised will have a significant impact on the fight against MND and will be directed to worlds-best research projects and that impact is something that the Pedal Cure team can feel very proud of,” Howden said.