Photo: Sydney Morning Herald.THE annual Pollie Pedal peloton will stop over in Gunnedah on Tuesday night before heading on to Mullaley and Tambar Springs on Wednesday morning.
The Pollie Pedal is a charity bike ride that first took place in 1998 when Prime Minister Tony Abbott gathered a number of politicians to undertake a ride and raise money for charity.
Since its inception, the Pollie Pedal has raised more than $3 million to benefit various charities, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Ronald McDonald House, The Manly Women’s Shelter and Carers Australia.
Carers Australia is the chief beneficiary of the Pollie Pedal in 2014.
The 2014 Pollie Pedal will see riders travel more than 1000 kilometres between August 10-17, from Moree to Penrith in Western Sydney.
Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce is looking forward to the peloton travelling through the western edge of the New England electorate early next week.
“It will visit towns in the New England electorate and along with both raising awareness and fundraising for worthy causes as a grassroots event, Pollie Pedal also provides a great opportunity to inform and engage with local carers and communities along the way,” Mr Joyce said.
“The support provided by Pollie Pedal will enable Carers Australia to not only raise awareness of Australia’s 2.7 million carers, but also promote their new Work and Care initiative, which aims to improve the capacity of carers to combine employment with their caring responsibilities.
“It will also assist long-term carers on income support to transition into employment when their caring role has diminished or ceased.
“These measures will enable carers to become economically engaged, benefitting themselves, their employers and the economy.
“I pay tribute to the generosity of the sponsors, donors and riders who will make this year’s event such a success,” Mr Joyce said.
For more infomration and to donate, visit www.carersaustralia苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au
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