Viv Slee, 68, and Ethan Laskowski, 7, take the opportunity to squeeze in some training ahead of the Tour de Bay Charity Bike Ride on Sunday.
Viv Slee, 68, and Ethan Laskowski, 7, take the opportunity to squeeze in some training ahead of the Tour de Bay Charity Bike Ride on Sunday. Alistair Brightman

Riders to come for Tour de Bay

JOYCE Chorny invites you to raise more than just a sweat at this Sunday’s Hervey Bay Community Bank Tour de Bay Charity Bike Ride.

The principal co-ordinator of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre is expecting about 100 sponsored bike enthusiasts to turn out for the annual event, which she hopes will see about $10,000 tallied up in support of the centre’s popular Youth Mentoring Program.

The program is for young people within the school system who are experiencing difficulty interacting, participating and contributing to the community in positive, constructive and respectful ways.

“It has been running for a while but the funding has stalled; it’s been a bit of a challenge,” Ms Chorny said yesterday.

“We’re in a huge need area and it’s an extremely successful program that supports young people and encourages them to stay in school.”

She said the fundraising trek, an initiative of the centre and the Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise, would start from 7am at the Urangan Community Centre in Urangan and offered a 10, 26 or 45km route.

Route designer Brian Jessett is a member of Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise, a keen cyclist and an active member of the Fraser Coast Bicycle Users Group.

Ms Chorny said he had used his knowledge of the Bay’s favoured cycling routes to make the ride as interesting and as safe as possible.

There is an easy flat run for beginners and an optional challenging loop for more experienced cyclists.

Rest stops have been strategically placed so all riders will have opportunity to rest and refill water bottles.

“It’s a very fun ride and intended for all levels.

“We’d love it if people would sponsor the cyclists (on the day) and just know that every penny we earn will be going to the Youth Mentoring Program.”

She said the ride would finish at the Botanic Gardens on Elizabeth Street, where a community breakfast would be ready to welcome riders. Registration-sponsorship packages are available on the day or by emailing admin@hbnc.com.au, phoning 4124 3544 or by calling into Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre at 57 Taylor Street, Pialba.



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