Monday, May 12, 2008

Big kids & their bikes - What a Success!

Big kids & their bikes - What a Success! On the 24th of April we layered on our leathers, warmed up the engines of our Classic bikes and got ready to rumble – all in the name of our kids. What am I talking about? None other than Variety SA’s inaugural V2 Classic Bike Run.

After months of preparation and anticipation we set out from the Torrens Parade Ground on our 4 day trip to our final destination, Penola. With 32 riders on their classic bikes and the Gliderol bus full of rowdy volunteers and supporters, I think the towns literally heard us coming! We made our way through Robe, Mt Gambier, Port Fairy & Port Campbell gaining huge support from the locals and somehow managed to dodge the rain clouds along the way.

Although a lot of fun was had by all, the real reason we were all there was to raise money for SA’s kids in need, especially the Neo Natal Unit of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital – a cause very close to my own heart as well as others involved. Well, we certainly did just that! Entrants of this first time event managed to raise a whopping $225,139 - with $50,000 of this raised on the road during the four day event. That’s almost a quarter of a million dollars raised for our kids – how cool is that!

What happens to the money now? Well Variety SA have pledged $100,000 to the Mini Miracles fundraising initiative for the Neo Natal Unit of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital and the balance of the funds will be dispersed to inspire hope and enrich the lives of children in our community.

A great big thanks to all those involved in this massive event. To the board who
gave their time so generously, to the staff at Variety SA – The Children’s Charity whose expertise on all things fundraising is second to none, to all the volunteers and people we met along the way for their immense support and of course to the entrants who were willing to be a part history…let’s make the next one even bigger and better!

We’ve already had a large number of entrants indicate that they are ready to sign on for the 2009 V2 Classic with one entrant paying $5,000 in an auction for next year’s #1 bike tag.

So now it’s off with the leathers and back on with the suits for most – but don’t forget us because next year we’ll be looking for even more support as we get ready to rumble once more for our kids.

Anthony Toop, Managing Director

 
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