District 201V3

Victoria, Australia

Lions District 201V3 Ride for Sight

Lions Ride for Sight
26th Ride 11th April - 14th April
East Gippsland Escapade

The committee and riders were very saddened by the sudden passing of Lion Bill Annear whilst out riding on his regular Wednesday ride with the Stratford group. Bill has been a staunch supporter and committee member of the Ride for Sight for many years and he was an active and current committee member. He will be missed by all who knew him not only through his RFS but his Lions Club of Briagalong.

Now on a brighter note plans are well under way for this years Ride starting in Orbost on the 11th April and finishing on Sunday lunch time 14th April at the Scout Hall in Sale.

East Gippsland Escapade will ride through Marlo, Orbost, Buchan, Bruthen, Wy-Yung, Lindenow, Fernbank, Briagalong, Stratford, Maffra, Heyfield, and finish in Sale.

This has been a hard year for getting some clubs on board, I know it isn’t an easy project for some clubs to take on but we always have volunteers on the ride that are willing to pitch in and help out where needed regarding catering, our main concerns are venues. Some clubs have come together and are doing it as a joint project which is wonderful so it doesn’t have to be just one Club. We hope that in future more clubs will work together when the Ride comes to their town.

Our ride is nearly full, by the time this goes to print we will have reached our limit and this year we have new riders we even have a rider coming from overseas. The committee is excited as to how it has come together with some new committee members on board and taking on some rolls that needed to be filled.

The raffle is going well and we thank the Clubs for selling tickets and individuals for taking them on. Not all clubs got them as we only did a certain amount but we won’t leave you out next year....this year the first prize is an Electric Bike which has been very popular and very well received.

We look forward to DG Peter starting the ride and welcoming riders and volunteers back.

Please cheer the Riders on along the way should they be riding through your town.

Should you need any info please contact me on:

0417 308 159 Nina Blythe Ride Chairperson







2018 Ride for Sight
"Bikes, Beaches, Bays, Bridges and Boats"
Tuesday 10th April - Sunday 15th April 2018

Image result for Cartoon bike ridersThis year the ride will celebrate its 25th Anniversary and we ask Clubs to support this wonderful project, we would also like you to show your support along the way.

The Ride will travel from Tidal River, Foster, Wonthaggi, San Remo, Korumburra and finishing in Inverloch.

Clubs along the way are supporting overnight accommodations, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. If it wasn't for these Clubs the ride would be a huge challenge to do.

All money raised will go to CERA and LEHP, last year we gave $68.000 to CERA and $ 2.000 to LEHP at the Stratford Convention...

We look forward to seeing you along the way.

Kindest regards
Lion Nina Blythe
Ride Chairperson
















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 lionsrideforsight@gmail.com, tel. 0407 306 414.

The Ride Chairperson and contact for Lions related matters is Jac Bongers, email jacbong56@gmail.com, 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:

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.