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Wheels go round on 648km Rotary trek

Saturday, 6th April, 2019

President of the Victor Harbor Rotary Club, Mark Cox, in Broken Hill after the long trek. PICTURE: Supplied President of the Victor Harbor Rotary Club, Mark Cox, in Broken Hill after the long trek. PICTURE: Supplied

Twenty Rotary club members on bicycles rode 648 kilometres from Victor Harbor to Broken Hill for this weekend’s annual Rotary Conference.

The “From the Ocean to the Outback” ride was undertaken in aid of mental health research.

The cyclists and just as may support crew - Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike - rode into the Town Square on Thursday with a police escort to a welcoming crowd including Mayor Darriea Turley and Rotary District Governor, ex-local Kim Harvey.

The fundraising target was $50,000 and every dollar will go to Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest independent charities for mental health research in Australia. 

When the riders left Victor Harbor they had raised nearly $48,000 and look sure to reach their target.

The ride had added significance with the drought affecting families who were are struggling through hard times. 

The riders met some farmers along the way and said they were further motivated after hearing their stories. 

The ride was the initiative of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor and its President, Mark Cox, who led the riders into Broken Hill.

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