RAISING funds for research of preventing curable blindness, the ‘Ride for Sight’ is now in its 26th year.
It will start in Orbost on April 11, travelling 360km over three days to finish at Sale on Sunday, April 14.
Local cyclist Rod McGregor is among those participating in the ride this year.
“There will be some big climbs along the way that’s for sure. I’m training hard so that they don’t present much of a challenge,” says the regular cyclist.
“I’m aiming to raise over $1000 this year, I’m getting there but any further donations are greatly appreciated.”
Last year the ride raised over $75,000. Of this, $65,000 was matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by a foundation for the Centre for Eye Research, Australia (CERA).
CERA ended up receiving $130,000, with $10,000 used to purchase portable spot vision scanner to be used in primary schools around Gippsland.
The scanner will assist in detecting eye deficiencies in young children, thereby enabling preventative treatment at an early age.
From the 25 previous rides, over $1 million has been raised to combat eye disease. Raffle prize winners were drawn on Tuesday by Morgan Barnes of Wheel Heat at a committee meeting.
First prize – an Electra Townie E Bike valued at $2799, was awarded to the Lions Club of Yarragon.
Second prize – two entries into this year’s Bass Coast Cycle Challenge valued at $300, went to Jill of Mirboo North.
And third prize – am indoor bike trainer
valued at $299 donated by Wheel Heat, went to Alison of Geelong.
If you are able to assist, please go to https://lionsrideforsight2019.raisely.com/
Your donation will result in a tax receipt being sent to your email.
All proceeds will go to Lions vision research projects in Victoria.
Combatting eye disease