2020 Murray to Moyne cancelled, foundation set to stage new event in 2021

The Bordertown Health and Community Foundation has been advised that the 2020 Murray to Moyne cycle relay has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The South Australian/Victorian border officially closed on Tuesday evening and will continue to be closed for non-essential travel for the foreseeable future.

With the state in lockdown, the board reached the decision to postpone this year's solo ride, which was set to be undertaken by board chair, Des Murray.

"After 26 years participation in the Murray to Moyne event, it is a decision not taken lightly," Mr Murray said, "but one we feel is the most socially responsible at this time of unprecedented public health concerns."

The foundation said it will focus its attention instead on the staging of a new event in 2021, a 600km ride from Renmark to Port MacDonnell, via Bordertown and Kingston.

Mr Murray said next year's ride will be more focused on the local area, allowing residents from Bordertown to get right behind the event.

"In the past, the rides have taken place in Victoria but we want to stage an event based in South Australia and in which Bordertown plays a significant part," Mr Murray said.

The event is in the early stages of planning, with the board stating more details will be released in the coming months.

Due to the cancellation, sponsors of this year's event will be given the opportunity to carry over their support to the 2021 ride or apply for a refund.

Mr Murray said the board is calling on the public to support measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

"The community is being challenged and there is no doubt aspects of our life will be changed," Mr Murray said.

"However, as Australians we know that we have the strength and resilience to meet the challenge if we all work together."

The BHC Foundation remains committed to supporting the Bordertown Memorial Hospital through raising funds for much needed medical equipment.

Last year, Mr Murray raised around $22,000 for the hospital in a ride that nearly totalled 900km, an outstanding individual feat.

More detail on the foundation's work can be found at: bchfoundation.com.au