Rapid Relief Team Supporting Cystic Fibrosis Research

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common, life-threatening genetic condition affecting young Australians today. In Australia, one in 2,500 babies are born with CF, that’s one every four days. There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. In Australia, Cystic Fibrosis Victoria works through the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust, which supports over $500,000 of research a year across Australia.

When the Shepparton Rapid Relief Team heard that Rob and Sue Dundas from Yarck were organising a major fundraising event to support Cystic Fibrosis Victoria, they were keen to help in any way they could. Rob and Sue’s daughter, 24 year old Stephanie, has suffered from CF all her life.

 When the Shepparton Rapid Relief Team heard that Rob and Sue Dundas from Yarck were organising a major fundraising event to support Cystic Fibrosis Victoria, they were keen to help in any way they could.

The RRT Northern Vic Trailer

On Saturday 28th March 2015, “The Great Victorian Rail Trail” fun run and bike ride was held in a beautiful part of country Victoria, between the small rural townships of Yarck, Merton and Bonnie Doon. Over 70 people participated in the 40km bike ride departing from Yarck , while almost 80 people left from Merton for a 20km fun run finishing at the Bonnie Doon Pub

18 members of the Rapid Relief Team were onsite from 7:00am to help with registrations.

18 members of the Rapid Relief Team were onsite from 7:00am to help with registrations.

The early morning was chilly, so hot tea and coffee was well received at Merton, while the teams departing from Yarck enjoyed a hot breakfast provided by the local Country Woman’s Association.

Registration of the riders and runners was a busy time.

Registration of the riders and runners was a busy time.

The early morning was chilly, so hot tea and coffee was well received at Merton, while the teams departing from Yarck enjoyed a hot breakfast provided by the local Country Woman’s Association.

Stephanie Dundas enjoying the ride!

Hundreds of bottles of water were consumed during the morning, which had turned into a beautiful warm autumn day!

Hundreds of bottles of water were consumed during the morning, which had turned into a beautiful warm autumn day!

RRT Joining in

RRT Joining in

There were four road crossings on the track where RRT members were positioned to guide participants safely across the highway.

Two dog-legs along the track meant that marshals were required to slow down the riders, and three water stations were set up to provide hydration for the competitors.

At the finish near Bonnie Doon, the RRT tent and trailer was set up ready for the participants to grab another water or coffee, before heading across the bridge to the Bonnie Doon pub for their lunch and a much talked about, well-earned beer.

At the finish near Bonnie Doon, the RRT tent and trailer was set up ready for the participants to grab another water or coffee, before heading across the bridge to the Bonnie Doon pub for their lunch and a much talked about, well-earned beer.

The day was a great success and raised in excess of $44,000 towards helping children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis breathe a little easier. The Rapid Relief Team members were thrilled to be included in the event, which highlighted this debilitating disease and raised awareness among all participants and sponsors.

Stephanie Dundas and her mother Sue, with the team of runners who towed the cart

Stephanie Dundas and her mother Sue, with the team of runners who towed the cart

 

5 thoughts on “Rapid Relief Team Supporting Cystic Fibrosis Research”

  1. Again says:

    Thank you Admin for your answer !!

    No problem.

    There are sooo many interesting things to see on this website..

  2. Sonia says:

    Thank you for your willing services RRT, very much appreciated!

  3. Again says:

    Can we have some videos please ?
    Went to Shepp’ few years back, and enjoyed it sooooo much…. Everyone’s soooo friendly !!!

    1. Admin says:

      Hello Again

      Unfotunately there were no videos available of this event. Be sure to check out other recent events for some great videos though!.

      Best Regards

      Admin

  4. Hoho says:

    Must have been such a thrill & encouragement to those dear persons afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis !
    Thank you SHEPPARTON…

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