AU – Launceston RRT Supports Diabetes Tasmania’s Pollie Pedal ’16

The Tassie Pollie Pedal is a 3-day cycling event raising funds for Diabetes Tasmania, an organisation dedicated to providing clinical services, support, education and information to those in our community suffering from this disease.

The annual event was established in 2006 by State MHA Guy Barnett and to date has raised more than $500,000 for this worthy cause. Similar to the national Pollie Pedal event, this is an opportunity for local, state and federal politicians, among others, to show their support financially (through their own fundraising), as well as physically!!!

The Launceston RRT team and the Pollie Pedal '16 riders before the event.

With an estimated 36,000 Tasmanians living with diabetes (7% of our population!!), fundraising events like the Pollie Pedal are vital to ensure the essential services of this not-for-profit, non-government organisation can be continued.

When approached earlier this year to become part of the 2016 ride, RRT Tasmania jumped at the opportunity. We are honoured to become involved in positive, rewarding events such as this, and the least we can do is provide much needed refreshments for riders at various stages throughout the event.

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The 26th February saw the 27 riders and their support crews start from the East Coast town of St Helens, and work their way south to the coastal town of Scamander, where the Launceston RRT members were waiting with bottles of water, platters of fruit and other light refreshments.

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Leaving the coast, riders worked their way up the gruelling St Mary’s Pass, earning their lunch break at St Mary’s before heading down Elephant Pass towards Denison Beach for afternoon tea, once again provided by RRT. From here, riders were led into the picturesque seaside town of Bicheno by colourful local character and local past mayor Bertrand Cadart on his scooter for a French-themed evening.

The morning of Saturday the 27th February saw the riders leave Bicheno for Swansea, stopping at a nursing home on the way. Lunch was provided at the Mayfield Conservation Area by members of the Hobart RRT, followed by afternoon tea at Triabunna, and finishing the day at Orford.

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On the final day, Sunday 28th, the riders headed inland, stopping at Buckland before finishing at Puddle Duck Vineyard near historic Richmond in time for lunch, having covered 243km since St Helens!

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RRT’s contribution to this event was greatly appreciated by the vibrant and amazingly energetic group of cyclists, as well as the team at Diabetes Tasmania. All RRT members involved thoroughly enjoyed their experience on the East Coast of Tasmania, a stunning backdrop for any activity! We’re all looking forward to participating in any way we can in next year’s event!