The annual ‘Murray to Moyne’ cycle relay is fast approaching, and Bordertown local entrants, the ‘Border BUGS’, are calling out for community recruits to join this year’s team.
Last year, the bugs celebrated 25 successive years of participation in the fundraising relay, and they want to see the streak continue.
Team captain Des Murray told the Chronicle he needed at least three extra members to make up a team.
“We’ve got half a team at the moment, but we are needing another half!” Des said.
“Usually we have a strong team of 12 but last year we only had 10 riders participating. A lot of people have moved on to other pastimes and cycling is not a favourite at the moment I guess.
“Some of our consistent riders just aren’t available this year, and that’s not to say they won’t be available in the future.”
The Border BUGS started in 1994 and so far have raised a whopping $564,688 for the Bordertown Memorial Hospital.
“We ride for the Bordertown Health and Community Foundation,” Des said.
“We invest funds raised and then allocate money to the hospital.
“The foundation had a meeting last Monday night and a decision has been made to allocate a further $33,000 from last year’s income – under tax law we have to distribute 95 per cent of the income from the foundation each year.”
Des said he encourages all interested members of the community to give the event a shot.
“It’s a social event and is open to anyone who can ride a bike,” he said.
“Participants need to have their own bike and the team operates in relays, riding 25km at a time – generally riders ride for one hour and then have two hours off.
“It’s fairly relaxed and we encourage anyone to give it a go.”
To register interest in joining the 2019 Border BUGS team, please contact Des Murray on 0427 803 638.
“We would particularly like some more women to join the event to help balance out the team a bit more,” Des said.
“We are very keen to hear from all members of the community!”