The Bordertown Health and Community Foundation invited members of the community to gather at Apex Park last Friday to send the ‘Border BUGS’ off on their 25th successive year riding.
Members from the Bordertown Rotary Club cooked a sausage sizzle for the send-off.
Organiser of this year’s ride Des Murray made a speech about the Murray to Moyne ride experience over the past 25 years.
“We organised the first ride in 1994,” he recalled.
“We had 16 riders then and we’ve maintained it ever since.”
Mr Murray said the ‘Border BUGS’ usually raise between $25,000-$30,000 each year from the event.
“We raised $40,000 one year, I think we are sitting on about $534,000 in total.”
Tatiara District Council deputy mayor David Edwards congratulated the riders on the achievement of 25 successful years of riding and bid them farewell on the Mildura to Port Fairy ride.
Mr Murray said after the event that the ‘Border BUGS’ made good time from Mildura to Horsham, stopped for dinner and then continued the journey to Hamilton.
“We were met with a warm fire, coffee and desert in Hamilton, we then swagged it and left at 7.05am the next morning for Port Fairy.
“Most of the riders rode 90km non stop with a howling tail wind – best conditions ever we thought,” Mr Murray said.
The team arrived in Port Fairy at about 11am and felt very happy it had been a great event and good weather.
“We cracked open a cold beer at the finish and then hit the road.
“It was a great way to celebrate our 25 years of Murray to Moyne participation.”
The ‘Border BUGS’ raised approximately $25,000 this year for the Bordertown Health and Community Foundation.
As in the past, those funds will again be spent on upgrading and maintaining hospital equipment and services.
“Raising this much money sets a good precedent for the future,” Mr Murray added.
Bordertown Health and Community Foundation board member Lorraine Murch congratulated the riders on their commitment to raising money for the Bordertown Hospital.
"It is important that we keep the hospital topped up with all the best equipment,” Mrs Murch said.
The ‘Bordertown BUGS’ and the Bordertown Health and Community Foundation thank members of the community and local businesses who donated.
There is still time to contribute a donation; contact the Bordertown Health and Community Foundation or Mr Murray on 0427 803 638.