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Great Western 8 Day Fundraising Bike Ride

September 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - October 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm



For one of the best cycle rides ever, with a great route, great countryside, great people and for a great purpose…. Join us on the Great Western Ride this September!

DATES | Sunday 25th September to Sunday 2nd October 2016.

THE RIDE | 8 Days and 888 kilometres or an average daily distance of 110.9km per day – Sleep overnight at Bathurst on Saturday 24th September 2016 with the first group leaving at 7.30 am Sunday 25th. See full itinerary at the link: Great Western Ride Itinerary.


1) Sign up and set up your fundraising page: The first step to sign up is to contact Jim Blaxland on j.bx@bigpond.com or 0409 590 468.

2) Sponsor a rider at our fundraising page*: Each registered rider has their own fundraising page. Find the rider you’d like to sponsor at: 

Ride fundraising page

*All donations are tax deductible! As the Trust is run by volunteers virtually 100% of funds raised go directly to projects on the ground.

RIDE COSTS | $585 for cyclists completing the 8 day ride or $299 for support crew. But you can also ride for FREE! Click here to find out more: Ride for free!

Note: Part time riding is available at a rate of $100 per day or part day.

OUR GOAL | To raise awareness and fundraise for the Katoke – Lweru Secondary in Katoke, Tanzania. Our fundraising target is $80,000 which will provide the necessary funds to complete the Staff Accommodation project which will house many teachers in 2017. Sketches of the Staff Accommodation project and it’s location in the broader School Master plan are shown below.

Staff flats - Bike ride fundraising

Staff flats - location in master plan

TRANSPORT | Transport to and from the start and finish of the ride is each participants own responsibility and cost.

ACCOMMODATION | Each participant will need to bring their own Airbed (Inflation Pumps are provided) and Sleeping Bag. Our accommodation will be in a variety of halls – schools, churches, recreation centres etc. Showers are also arranged daily.

MEALS | Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner, on road ride snacks and fruit is provided to keep you going. For evening dinners you are provided with a generous & wholesome two courses, a main and dessert, anything else you may feel like eating or drinking at dinner, including beverages, is at your own expense.

OTHER | We also provide track pumps, spare wheels, used tyres for temporary use, tools, electric pumps for airbeds, clothes washing gear, sunscreen, hand wash and toiletry items. The ride is fully supported with support vehicles who will carry your luggage, all you have to do is just get on your bike and ride off with your riding group, how good and easy is that!

Will and Paul with bikes

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE? | Each rider needs to be proficient, experienced, skilful and competent on their bikes to be able to ride as a part of a group of cyclists. Each rider must be able to maintain an average minimum speed of 25 kilometres an hour, anything less and you will automatically be uplifted in one of our support vehicles. We will have a number of riding groups and it is your choice as to what pace group you prefer and who you ride with.  No rider will be left alone to ride by themselves.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY | Contact Jim Blaxland now on 0409 590 468 or email j.bx@bigpond.com

NEED FOR INFO? | Please contact Jim Blaxland for more information about this great cycling adventure. Please contact David Lefcovitch for more information on donations and fundraising: davelefco@gmail.com

Group shot riding


September 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
October 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Jim Blaxland
0409 590 468