PolliePedal'17 - wrap up
PolliePedal’17 was held between Friday 3 and Sunday 5 March 2017.
Participants including politicians, company sponsored riders and like-minded members from the community rode approximately 270kms from Hadspen to Cressy, Poatina, Miena, Bothwell, New Norfolk, Hobart and everywhere in between – covering some new territory for PolliePedal and riding roads we had never covered before.
The event this year raised more than $43,000 which will assist Diabetes Tasmania to carry out its key education and community support programs, including our children’s camps.
This year we were honoured to be joined by Her Excellency the Governor, Professor Kate Warner, and Mr Warner on day three of the ride. The Governor then hosted the end of event in the grounds of Government House. This was a remarkable end to our 3 day ride.
A big thank you to those riders who have raised extra funds through Everyday Hero – this year we raised in excess of $19,000 – that’s over $3,000 more than last year.
This year was the 12th ride of the Tasmanian PolliePedal and in that time over $560,000 has been raised to support Tasmanian’s living with and at risk of diabetes.
We met with the local school at Cressy who held our launch and were active in their interest of diabetes and PolliePedal, we visited an aged care facility being Barossa Park Lodge with Her Excellency as special guest. Visits with community groups including a lunch with the Poatina community, speeches at the Bothwell International Spin In Festival and a community bbq in New Norfolk. Increased community awareness about the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle were also a large part of PolliePedal’17.
Support from local councils and Mayors along the way was a highlight and we thank Meader Valley Mayor Craig Perkins, Northern Midlands Mayor David Downie, Central Highlands Mayor Loueen Triffitt and Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans for their support of PolliePedal’17 and Diabetes Tasmania.
We also attracted local television, radio and newspaper coverage on our way.
Moreover, the event was an exciting, challenging ride and an enjoyable weekend for a group of enthusiastic cyclists – all of whom said they looking forward to next year!
The event would not have been possible without the support of all our sponsors and the range
of community organisations that are involved. The unwavering support of our sponsors every year is greatly appreciated and this year our sponsors were: Norgine, OneCare Limited, MAIB, IGA, Tasmanian Medical Laboratories and Rapid Relief Team - TAS - a huge heartfelt thank you to all of you.
As always the support of Guy Barnett MP and his office contributed to the success of the event.
This year we welcomed the following riders to the event;
Guy Barnett MP
Mark Shelton MP
The Hon. Vanessa Goodwin MLC – Attorney General
Ivan Dean MLC
Graeme Lynch - John Spicer - Ben Conrades - Dario Lokai - David Lloyd Jones - Glenn Hardwick - Geoff Wise - Prof. Greg Johnson
Kevin Smith - Kellie Webb
Her Excellency Mr Warner Catherine Saunders
PolliePedal is very much a community event, and we are grateful for the support and assistance of the local community for PolliePedal 2017.
In particular, we would like to thank:
Rohan Prowse – Fusion – Poatina Village
Meander Valley Mayor – Craig Perkins
Northern Midlands Mayor – David Downie
Central Highlands Mayor – Loueen Triffitt
Derwent Valley Mayor – Martyn Evans
Derwent Valley Councillor – Damian Bester
Cressy District High School – staff and students
Garry France – The Anglers’ Alliance of Tasmania President
Malcolm Crosse – Fly Fishing demonstration
Bothwell Spin In Festival – committee members
Rodney Dunn – Agrarian Kitchen
Barossa Park Lodge – staff and residents
Sally Stubs - for providing her massage services for the riders
David Lloyd Jones - Winners Energy Bars
Andrew & Clare Klapche – our usual riders couldn’t participate this year, as they were on a cycling adventure in New Zealand, but still donned the jersey and raised over $600 on everyday hero.
The event will return again in February 2018 and we look forward to seeing you all for three fun filled, energetic days that really do make a difference for all Tasmanians with diabetes.