Des's 520km challenge

Bordertown Health and Community Foundation Chairman Des Murray usually tackles the gruelling Murray to Moyne cycle relay as part of a group of other locals.

This year, he rode the 520km cycle relay, which starts in Mildura and finishes in Port Fairy, by himself.

The Bordertown Health and Community Foundation uses the event as its major fundraiser each year, as it continues to raise money for the purchase of vital equipment for Bordertown Memorial Hospital.

Over the past 25 years, local cycling teams have raised around $570,000.

As per regulations of the foundation, 95 per cent of its net income is distributed directly to the Bordertown Memorial Hospital.

In 2018, an allocation of $33,000 was made for the Bordertown Health Advisory Council to purchase new medical equipment.

In 2019, instead of the relay being undertaken by a team of 12 or more local riders, it was taken on by just one individual, Des.

"Usually we have a strong team of 12 but last year we only had 10 riders participating," Des said.

"Unfortunately, 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."

Des has been a consistent participant in the Murray to Moyne since 1994, riding alongside other dedicated local riders in the Border BUGS team.

Des has vowed to continue riding the course to raise funds for the Bordertown Health and Community Foundation until he's 75.

Although Des has nearly finished up on his annual participation of the relay, now aged 74, he encourages others to give the gruelling but rewarding event a try.

"It's a fairly relaxed event and I encourage anyone to give it a go," he said.

The final figure of money raised this year by Des has yet to be finalised, but the foundation is hoping to raise upwards of $15,000.

Des will return to Bordertown later on today, in front of a big welcoming party.