Another Very Safe and Successful M2M
The 36th Murray to Moyne is done and dusted.
We would like to thank all participants who took part this year and contributed to another very safe and enjoyable cycling weekend. The weather conditions can be described as mild, but all routes from the Murray experienced a 20 KPH head or sidewind. The wind did take its toll on the riders, but as the evening arrived, the wind reduced markedly and a mild night allowed everyone to enjoy the night riding. Most teams arrived in Hamilton between 11 and 12 midnight, with a couple finally arriving by 1:30 am. The ride down from Hamilton was very enjoyable with most riders making the final 90 kms their focus along with the lovely food offerings in both Hawkesdale and Macarthur.
The participants and their families were welcomed to Port Fairy by Shire Counsellor Damian Gleeson, who has had a long association with the ride and with Graham Woodrup in particular. Damian thanked the organisers of the ride and all the participants and he particularly mentioned the important role of volunteers in events such as the M2M.
This years event has raised just under $400,000 for Health and Welfare organisations and we wish all Teams success in their preparations for next years event.
Congratulations to Ross Huntington from Team 240 - Velorates - Rotary Club of Ballarat West; Riding for the Ballarat Health Service Foundation for being awarded the Graham Woodrup Memorial Award for his efforts over the past 18 years.
During the time of Ross’ involvement, the team has raised and donated over $120,000 to the Leukaemia Foundation, with funds assisting with transport costs for regional patients to their life-saving treatment in Melbourne. Ross has also taken a lead role in organising fundraising dinners in the lead up to each Murray to Moyne, arranging guest speakers, venues, meals, ticketing, raffles and acting as MC for most of those dinners.
Ross has recruited over 70 riders for the team and for the past six years he has been Team Captain, organising riders and the logistics involved in participating in the M2M. This year the Team is riding for the Ballarat Health Service and Ross has been instrumental in developing a new relationship with this charity. Ross has also been very generous with his time and expertise in assisting both Jimmy's Licorice Allsorts and the new Brat Pack Team establish themselves with all the requirements in running a team in the M2M.
The GWMA was again presented by the dynamic duo - Hester Woodrup and Kate Winnen.
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M2M Participants Prize's for 2023
Thankyou to our very special Sponsors for donating the following event participation prizes. The Winners were drawn at random by M2M Committee at the Final Committee Meeting before the Ride and the Winners were announced at the presentation.
Port Fairy Big 4 Caravan Park Prize No 1– Accommodation to the Value of $150.00.
Winner: Leon Wilson - Team 240 Velorats - Rotary Club of Ballarat West - Ballarat Health Service Foundation.
Port Fairy Big 4 Caravan Park Prize No 2 – Accommodation to the Value of $150.00.
Winner: Wayne Klauss - Team 274 Defibrilators - East Grampians Health Service.
Hearn’s Port Fairy Weekend Accommodation: One-night voucher for a luxury one-bedroom Beachside Villa - valued at over $340.00.
Winner: Susan Laing - Team 75 - Deniliquin Hospital Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
Langley’s Port Fairy Weekend Accommodation: Gift Voucher to the value of $300 to stay at one of our many holiday properties in Warrnambool or Port Fairy.
Winner: Michelle Lucas - Team 121 - Scrubbers & Gasman - South West Healthcare - Operating Suite.
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We wish thank all of our 2023 event sponsors for their support and generosity.
Sponsors: Westvic Staffing Solutions, KFC - Bird Group, Big 4 Port Fairy Caravan Park, Rebecca's Cafe & Ice Creamery, Port Fairy Electrics, Langley's Accommodation, Hearn's Port Fairy Accommodation.
Inkind Sponsors: Sunbeam Foods, Winners Sports Nutrition Bars & Gels - Team Prize Pack, Warrnambool Toyota, Norton Motor Group, Callaghan Motors, Warrnambool Auto Group, McLaren - Hunt Financial Group. Taits Legal, G & M Auto Electrics, Allens Freight, Kyabram Removals, Donehue’s Leisure - Hamilton, Warrnambool Sheet Metal. Steve Gray - Sign Writing.
M2M Supporters: Rapid Relief Team, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Beulah Primary School, Moyne Shire, Moyne Health Service, Stawell Primary Schools, TechInsight Web Services, Hamilton SES, Java Jive Coffee - Hamilton, Great Coffee Moments - Port Fairy, Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay
Over 30 wonderful years, more than 30,000 riders,
46,000 kilometers and $20,000,000 raised.
The M2M is a community organisation established by Graham "Woody" Woodrup to provide support to Hospitals and Healthcare & Wellbeing Services. Woody threw out the challenge to everyone he met to get on a bike and have a go, he also set the example to be generous with your talents and help others whenever you have the opportunity.