PUDDLEDUCK Vineyard in Richmond marked the finish line of an arduous 243-kilometre bike ride undertaken by a team of dedicated Tasmanians last month.
The group of 27 cyclists, including four state politicians, raised more than $54,000 for Diabetes Tasmania during the 11th annual Medibank PolliePedal – Le Tour De East Coast.
The journey, which started from St Helens, saw riders traverse the Great Eastern Drive for three days to spread the word on how Tasmanians can empower themselves to achieve better health.
Diabetes Tasmania chief executive officer Caroline Wells said the 2016 PolliePedal event was a resounding success.
“The event is vital, both as a fundraising initiative to assist us to deliver services, advocacy and support for people with diabetes, as well as providing an opportunity to engage with schools and local communities to convey important prevention and healthy lifestyle messages,” she said.
“A special thanks to Guy Barnett MP, who has Type 1 diabetes and who collaborated with Diabetes Tasmania to stage the first event in 2006.
“Guy has ridden every single kilometre of PolliePedal since then and his support is greatly appreciated.
“We have also been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local communities we visited during the ride, as well as local councils and Lions clubs. It is great to see Tasmanians rallying behind our cause.
“We would also like to thank our sponsors, Medibank, Norgine, Pfizer, IGA and Tasmanian Medical Laboratories, all of which are fundamental to the ongoing success of the event, and of course, a big thank you to the Rapid Relief Team for its attendance during the first two days of the event.”
There are more than 27,000 Tasmanians living with diabetes with an additional 10,000 people undiagnosed and an estimated 45,000 who are at high risk of developing the disease.
The annual fundraiser has raised a total of more than $534,000 to support people living with diabetes since its inception in 2006.
To make a donation, log onto https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/polliepedal2016.