Health Sciences

Staff and Students Cycle for Youth

Murray to Moyne CycleACU Murray to Moyne Cycle Team

Staff and students at Australian Catholic University (ACU) participated in The Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay on the 3rd and 4th of April, 2011.

The relay is an annual cycling event staged over 24 hours to raise funds for health-related organisations. ACU has been participating in the event for 6 years and in 2011 fundraised for Youth Substance Abuse Services (YSAS).

The team event started in Mildura, Swan Hill and Echuca and finished in Port Fairy on the Moyne River. The challenge for each team was to cycle over 500 kilometres to Port Fairy within a 24 hour period.

“The ride was a tough affair this year with the team pushing into a strong, blustering, head/cross wind on Saturday from 9:30am till 8:30pm when the wind dropped with the setting of the sun. This equates to approximately 320 kilometres directly into a head wind! We continued to soldier on through the night and reached Hamilton at 12:45am before continuing our journey at 7am Sunday by riding from Hamilton to Port Fairy (approximately 90 kilometres),” said Joe Perry, Senior Lecturer in Nursing and coordinator of the ACU team.

“The team were resilient in their efforts and showed a determination and esprit de corps that did ACU and YSAS proud. No-one failed to mount up when called on and all gave 100% to get the team to Port Fairy. I was proud to be the coordinator of such a dedicated team.”

ACU has a long tradition of supporting both the local and international community. Over the last five years the University’s Murray to Moyne team has raised in excess of $60,000 to support health care initiatives in East Timor. In 2011 their attention shifted closer to home by raising money to support the invaluable work of YSAS.

YSAS provides services for young people aged between 12 and 21 who are experiencing problems related to alcohol and other drugs. They provide a range of youth specific outreach, treatment, withdrawal, rehabilitation and support programs.
 
The team raised approximately $3,500 to date; however, fund raising continues. If anyone would like to support Youth Support Advocacy Services (YSAS) please contact Jo Perry to discuss a donation. There will also be opportunities over the next few months to contribute at fund raising events on and off campus.
 
The team was very appreciative of the significant sponsorship support by Code Blue Nurses Agency, APS tax consultative services and Australasian Vehicle Buying Services, along with that of Subaru Melbourne, Schwalbe, Paceline, Knog bicycle products, Support Link, Australian Public Service Benevolent Society Ltd, City Hearing, and the Rotary Club Belvoir-Wodonga.