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Riding for a worthwhile cause

PERTH has a new cycling event catering to everyone from novices to elite riders and corporate teams, with the funds raised from the event going to support three well-known local charities. Hosted by the Rotary Club of St George, funds raised from The City of Perth Great Bike Ride will go towards St John of God Foundation Lighthouse, Hope for Children and the Heart Foundation. Thousands of cyclists are expected to participate in this year’s event, on Sunday November 20, donning their bike helmets and pushing off from the Supreme Court Gardens to pedal the leisurely 53-kilometre ride, the challenging 106km circuit or the family-friendly 10km course. A 30-strong team from accounting firm Ernst & Young will be taking part in the event, with six participating in the 106km distance circuit. Some of the partners participating include Perth managing partner Michael Minosora, Paul Mitchell, and Vern Tidy. EY is also expected to sponsor next year’s event, which will be the third year it has been held. “We think of cycling as the golf of yesterday for business,” an EY spokesperson said. Rotary representative Garry Lawrence said the ride aimed to promote community health and well-being while generating funds for three of Perth’s most important not-for-profit organisations. “The City of Perth Great Bike Ride is a great day out and a great way to enjoy the Swan River and the city, and is also a physical challenge for everyone involved; from the time they start training right through to when they cross the finish line,” he said. “It also provides people with a sense of community. All proceeds go to the St John of God Foundation Lighthouse Project, Hope for Children and the Heart Foundation so all those cycling gain a real sense of achievement not only from completing the ride, but from contributing to the charities involved.” To register for the event, express your interest in volunteering or for more information call 9382 5920 or visit www.greatbikeride.com.au.

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