Four dedicated cyclists are riding across the district to raise awareness and funds for headspace.
Members of the Freemasons Cycling Club (Vic) arrived in Rainbow on Tuesday morning to chat to the Rainbow P-12 College school captains, Bridie O’Halloran and Georgia Clifford-King, about headspace.
Two members of the group, Malcolm Mann and Matt DeNatris, rode to Rainbow on Tuesday to talk to the students with a support vehicle driven by Cyril Land while two other riders, Milton Mann and Hopetoun local John Webster, stayed in Hopetoun to chat with the students there.
“We decided to do this ride because we want to raise awareness of headspace and the fact that there are places to turn to when young adults need help,” Malcolm Mann said.
“headspace do a remarkable job helping out the communities and any money we raise goes directly to them,” Mr Mann said.
The message delivered to the school included: eat well, stay active, connect, get enough sleep, be aware of alcohol and drugs, get in to life, and learn new ways to handle tough times. A copy of the poster has been left at the school for all students to see.
While in town the trio visited the Bow Bakery, who supported the ride.
“We just wanted to help the riders help the younger generation as they may go through difficult times,” Caroline Cocks said.
“It’s a wonderful cause to get behind and we were happy to help where we could,” she said.
The group also briefly visited the Masonic Lodge before returning to Hopetoun to continue the journey to Warracknabeal.
The ride started in Swan Hill on September 9 and finished in Horsham on September 12. The group travelled a distance of around 330 kilometres.
The riders carried a specially prepared message, written by the Swan Hill and Horsham headspace youth advisors and delivered it to secondary colleges along the route.
If anyone would like to contribute to the fundraising for headspace, they can go online to www.gofundraise.com.au, search the word “Freemason” and click on a “Donate” button. The group’s fundraising efforts have so far raised over $1200.