Stawell gets behind Rio's Legacy Ride

Published on 02 October 2019

The Stawell Historical Society Inc, with support from Northern Grampians Shire Council, is opening the doors to the Pleasant Creek Historical Society this Sunday to help raise vital funds for terminally ill children.

Rio’s Legacy will be embarking on a challenging bike ride fundraiser that will see participants cycling close to 1900 kilometres in an effort to raise awareness and much-needed funds for terminally ill children and their families. Rio’s Legacy was created to assist families facing one of life’s greatest challenges, living life with a terminally ill child.

Setting off from Adelaide on October 3, Rio’s Legacy Ride will be a 17 day trip through three states, taking in some of Australia’s most beautiful rural scenery. The fundraising team is due to stop in Stawell this Sunday on the journey from Horsham to Ballarat. 

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor Councillor Kevin Erwin said the community was looking forward to getting involved.

“The Pleasant Creek Historical Society is throwing its doors open to welcome the fundraising team to the area,” he said. “I encourage members of the community to come along to enjoy the historical bicycle display, have a bite to eat and, most importantly, support this very important ride for the kids.”

Volunteers from the Stawell Historical Society will be on-hand to help with the fundraising efforts with a barbecue and a special exhibition of bicycles from Stawell's Golden Century of Cycling research project.

With only three hospices in Australia catering for children under the age of 18, Rio’s Legacy’s vision is to provide more facilities readily available for families going through the most difficult time in their lives. Funds raised through Rio’s Legacy Ride will support the three existing hospices – Bear Cottage, Very Special Kids and Hummingbird House, as well as aim to raise enough support and funds to assist in building at least ONE hospice in every Australian state.

Rio’s Legacy Ride will pass through Stawell this Sunday 6 October. For more information or to make a donation please visit rioslegacy.org.au