A warm welcome for charity ride

Much-needed rest: A group of riders in the Herbalife Family Foundation Bike Ride took a night to relax and recharge at Mortlake Caravan Park along their journey from Torquay to Adelaide last Saturday.

THE Mortlake Caravan Club was abuzz with activity last Saturday afternoon, as a group of charity bike riders rode into town.

Raising money for Melbourne’s Lighthouse Foundation, the group of Herbalife Family Foundation Bike Ride participants stayed for a night at the local caravan park last Saturday on their way from Torquay to Adelaide.

Event co-organiser Gail Bernard said the first leg of the ride – about 167 kilometres – went well, thanks to a tail wind.

“It’s been very pleasing,” she said.

The group passed through Winchelsea, Lismore and Darlington on their way to the rest point at Mortlake.

Moyne Shire Council mayor Mick Wolfe and councillor Jill Parker visited the group to pass on the council’s support for their cause.

“I really do wish you the best,” Cr Wolfe said.

He hoped the Mortlake community’s support for the cause could continue to grow and said the council would begin to plan an official welcome event for next year.

“We’ll work out a place,” Cr Wolfe said.

“Local support helps a lot.”

Appreciative: Moyne Shire councillor Jill Parker and mayor Mick Wolfe thanked the bike riders for their hospitality and wished them well last Saturday.

He also presented a voucher for a stay at a caravan park in Port Fairy.

Ms Bernard said they would auction off the voucher at the end of the ride to contribute further to the fundraising efforts.

Mortlake Caravan Park manager Paul Barker hosted a dinner for the riders before their early start on Sunday morning.

The funds raised added to the more than $250,000 raised since 2014.

This year’s journey saw 28 riders and 17 crew members participate.

The HFF Bike Ride began last Saturday at Torquay and ends on Thursday (today) in Adelaide.

To donate directly to the cause, visit donate.good2give.ngo/hff.

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