Lions District 201V3 Ride for Sight 2016
The Ride For Sight Committee has announced that next year's ride will cover 320 kms, commencing at Moe on Thursday 31 March 2016. The first two overnight stops will be at Warragul on 31 March and Friday 1 April. The final night is at Trafalgar on Saturday 2 April.
The ride will return to Moe at lunchtime on Sunday 3 April.
An invitation to participate in the ride will be sent to previous participants in December. Any people who have not done the ride in the past and are interested in taking part should contact Bill Annear, Ride Secretary, email email@example.com, tel. 0407 306 414.
The Ride Chairperson and contact for Lions related matters is Jac Bongers, email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 5634 2210 or 0438 825 072.
Sponsors for the 2016 Ride For Sight Are:-
In 1925 blind and disabled authoress and activist Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International at their International Convention to become Knights for the Blind. "Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?"
Lions rose to this challenge and made research into and treatment of vision loss a fundamental aspect of Lions service. The goal of our worldwide program is to eradicate or cure preventable blindness. As one of its contributions towards this goal, in 1994, our V3 District held a Bicycle Ride from Mallacoota to Melbourne and has held a ride each year since then over a variety of routes within our District.
This is not a race but a social / recreational / fun cycling event. Riders (both Lions and non-Lions) must obtain a minimum of $400 sponsorship (some raise over $1000) and pay an entry fee. These funds are added to by Lions Clubs in our District through donations and fundraising events.
This year we were also fortunate to receive sponsorship from the following companies:
Lardner Liveweight Cattle Scales and Trafalgar Medical Centre
It’s worth bearing in mind that:
An estimated 300,000 Australians have Glaucoma and half don’t know they have it
Everyone with Diabetes is at risk of vision loss
Laser treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy is effective but it cannot restore lost vision
Approximately 1700 Corneal Transplants are performed each year and
Most Vision Loss can be prevented if detected early enough.
2015 Ride for Sight raised in excess of $50,000
This year we rode 370 km from Licola to Moe via Sale, Yarram, and Rosedale. It was a fantastic ride with perfect weather for cycling - no rain and mostly tail winds.
There were many highlights, some of which were the stunning morning on day 1 at Licola, magnificent hill climbs, beautiful rain forests, great meals and morning and afternoon teas and plenty of camaraderie. Many new friendships were struck up and old acquaintances renewed.
Moe was the sponsoring club and host...ing clubs were Lions Village Licola, Heyfield, Sale, Loch Sport, Toora, Rosedale, Maffra, Longford, Yarram, Churchill, Traralgon and Moe. We thank these clubs for a great job in making the ride a success.
Many thanks also must go to our fantastic volunteers and the Committee, for their sterling efforts. It's no easy task to organise and manage an event such as this. Much work goes into the planning and execution of the ride to ensure it runs smoothly and safely.
The total amount raised from the ride is in excess of $52,000. We have passed on $50,000 to CERA to assist them in their fight against eye disease. So please advise your sponsors of this and tell them you're looking forward to their support again in 2016.