Volunteer drought aid organisation Aussie Helpers will be receiving three brand new Nissan Navarra 4WD’s, thanks to the efforts of a charity bike ride during August.
Forty-five riders, along with 15 support crew, hit the roads as part of Team Nissan Dealers K’s 4 Aussie Farmers Event, in an attempt to raise $150,000 for the volunteer organisation. Having eclipsed their financial target, cyclists and organisers will meet for a Barbeque on Sunday October 9, to hand over the three brand new cars.
Event organiser, Ms Helen Debenham, said the inspirational efforts of Aussie Helpers drove their desires to make the event a success. “When we asked (organisation founder) Brian Egan what we could give him with the funds we raised, he said he desperately needed more vehicles to enable his volunteers to travel the vast distances to reach the many isolated farmers struggling to survive this record breaking drought,” Ms Debenham said. “These people are proud and hard-working farmers who don’t want to ask for help, so a visit and sharing a cuppa over the kitchen table with a trained volunteer can be the simple thing that gives them the strength to continue.”
The riders and their crews covered 260 kilometres over the three day event, riding the roads between Dalby, Tara, Miles and Chinchilla.
Ms Debenham also praised major corporate sponsors and supporters, including organisations like Harvey Norman, who helped the event become a success. “We are privileged to have some big name corporate sponsors getting behind the event, which to me speaks volumes about their appreciation of the plight of our farmers,” Ms Debenham said.
The K’s 4 Aussie Farmers event stems from its predecessor, K’s 4 Country Kids, an annual cycling fundraiser that supported sick children. The charity turned its attention to the drought aid organisation, after having raised almost $2 million for the Leukaemia Foundation and Royal Queensland Children’s Hospital over the past 10 years.
Ms Debenham was thrilled to have surpassed their target for this year’s ride. “To have reached our fundraising target is such a credit to everyone involved.”
Fundraising from the ride will continue until September 30, with a view to handing over some fuel cards with the brand new 4WD’s. The barbeque lunch event, as well as the handover, is set to be held on Sunday October 9, at Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street, Indooroopilly.
By Matt Taylor
Images supplied by K’s 4 Aussie Farmers