Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Hospital Bike Ride is on again for 2014….

Local biker riders are getting into shape for this year's annual bikeathon to raise funds for Central Gippsland Health Service.

Funds from the 21st annual event late last year have been used by CGHS to purchase an Apnoea Monitor for the Women’s and Children’s Unit and a dialysis chair for the Dialysis Unit at the Sale hospital.

One of the organisers of the event, Shirley Mowat, said the event raised $15,000.
The last bike relay attracted 21 teams of riders, most of whom completed the trip from Sale to Lake Tyers and return. "People of all ages participate and have great fun while raising money for a good cause," Mrs Mowat said.

The team from Southern Rural Water at Maffra raised the largest amount of $2000.
SRW rider Colin McQuillen has completed the ride for the last four years however the organisation has been entering a team for eight years.

“It is a fantastic experience,” Mr McQuillen said. “And it’s for a great cause as the hospital has touched everyone’s lives in some way.

“Our cycling team has grown. Last year we had eight riders and this year we hope to have 12. They include novice and experienced riders. We plan to beat last year’s total raised.
“We are the only corporate team that takes part so I’d like to throw out a challenge to other corporates to join in.”

CGHS chief executive, Dr Frank Evans, praised the efforts of everyone who took part or helped with the event. “It is wonderful to see people in the community coming together like this to raise funds for us,” Dr Evans said. “Some of our staff also took part too and had a great experience.

“We can’t thank everyone enough and look forward to this year’s event.”
Riders stay at the Lake Tyers Caravan and Camping Park with the entry fee cost of $85 for adults and $55 for students. Staff from the hospital kitchen organise meals for the participants.

This year's event is on the weekend of November 8 and 9. For more details contact either Shirley Mowat on 0488 045484, Edward Pickering on 5143 2230 or Colin McQuillen on 0400 174700

Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 CGHS Ride……Some Pics

I took the camera along for the ride and only managed a few along the way, but for those who rode the weather was a bit windy on the Saturday and perfect on Sunday, the new meal available on Saturday night was absolutely fantastic…..some curry, some pasta, some rice, a bit of everything or just one item…DELICIOUS!.

Riding on the rail trail between Bairnsdale and Nicholosn was great, and got you away from the Highway and around some gorgeous scenery….

The scenery keeps getting better each year, the company was fantastic and the ride is a highlight of the year, Whether you ride a lot, or a little, it is a perfect weekend away with friends to raise funds for the Central Gippsland Health Service.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Food delivery trolleys at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale and Maffra have a new look and a new lease of life, thanks to a significant donation from the annual bike relay from Sale to Lake Tyers and back.
The ride raised $13,000 for the health service, with the nominated project to improve the efficiency and safety of the food service trolleys.
The steel framed trolleys are used extensively to deliver meals and morning and afternoon refreshments at Sale and Maffra.
After discussion with staff it was decided the donation would be used to upgrade four of the trolleys by adding a small electric drive motor, better steering apparatus and pot holders for better safety when transporting hot beverages.
CGHS Food Services Manager David Askew said the staff were delighted with the result, which provided much improved health and safety as well as more efficiency.

“The trolleys are quite large and when full carry around 70 plus kilograms of food and beverages, including hot drinks and hot water,” 

 “The motor means each one is now self-propelled and we have added larger wheels so they are much easier to manoeuvre and no pushing is required.

The decision to refurbish the existing trolleys rather than purchase new models has allowed the health service to refurbish the equipment at Maffra and Sale.
One of the bike ride organisers, Shirley Mowat, said the group was very pleased with the outcome and delighted it could provide equipment improvements across both campuses.

"We are already starting to think about this year's event, which is again planned for November and we are keen to involve as many people as possible"

In the bike relay, riders travel in teams to journey from Sale to Lake Tyers. The group stays overnight then undertakes the return trip the following day.
It has been running successfully for more than 20 years as a fund raising event for the health service.

Food Services staff show Ted and Marg Pickering the updated trolleys.  From left are Robyn Holmes, Ted Pickering, Marg Pickering, Linda Munnings and Robyn Dingwall.

Ted and Marg Pickering get a quick lesson in how to operate the updated food trolleys from Robyn Holmes

Monday, November 26, 2012

The 20th CGHS ride..... Great fun for all who rode!

There were a enthusiastic group of riders who enjoyed this years CGHS ride and many have vowed to be back bigger and better next year.

With teams from around the State and from various organisations in the local area, the ride is a fantastic way to cater for the serious cyclist who is training for an Ironman, to the casual cyclist who may just want to head off with a group of friends, enjoy the ride and even have a go at conquering a hill or two (or jumping into the car and encouraging the rest of the team).

Next year the ride will be on the 16th and 17th November, so while the weather is great get your bike sorted and dust off your bike in the shed and get out and about riding, there are plenty of groups around to ride with.....................Winter is a cold time to begin training....so make the most of the next 5 months.... :)

A summary of the teams entered and the team organiser:-

Team Thompson – Marshall Thompson
Maffra Team – Kevin Read
Peninsula Peddlers – Dennis Ballard  
Richards Rockets – Tony Richards
Mirrambeek – Bruce Petersen
Sale Central rotary – Peter Kluge
Erics Team – Julie Riley
Southern Rural Water – Peter Brough
Team Audiology – Heidi Devlin
Team Cyclograms – Darrell Johnson
Shirl’s Girls – Shirley Mowat
Traralgon cyclists – Shaun Cattanach
Pushy Midwives – Sue Bristow (This is the worlds best team name!!!)
Early Morning Crew – Viv Braham
CGHS Runners – Jude Deedham (runners making the transfer to cycling)

Raffle winners :-
E. Williams the bike
H. Trembath and E. Cribbes vouchers from Mallards Cycles and Push-n-pedal.

"We enjoyed the absolutely beautiful scenery that the area offers"

"Didn't expect to have such a sore backside, but it was heaps of fun and I will be back next year"

A few pictures from the weekend  (If you have a happy snap or two, email:  judithdove@bigpond.com

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Inaugural Ride Pics

Thanks so much to Kathie Wake for these pics from 1993.

2010 - Hospital Media Release


Added: Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Contributed by . CGHS

A group of 81 hardy cyclists enjoyed close to ideal conditions for the 18th annual Sale to Lakes Bike ride held last weekend.
The group, under the guidance of first time organiser Renee Heath, traversed the scenic East Gippsland countryside on Saturday and Sunday (November 20 and 21), riding some 185 kilometres on the first day from Sale to Lake Tyers then undertaking the reverse trip on Sunday.
According to one of the veterans of the event, Shirley Mowat, this year was a wonderful ride.
“Everyone was so friendly, I think the event has great organisation, great food and provides an excellent atmosphere to have fun and socialise. The ride was superb, especially on the ride home on Sunday with tail winds,” she said.
Once costs are finalised, the ride is expected to raise several thousand dollars for the Central Gippsland Health Service, to add to the more than $100,000 raised since the ride was first held in 1993.
The most recent donation was $12,000, which helped purchase a new piece of equipment for theatre.
Ms Heath, who works with the Wellington Primary Care Partnership and Central Gippsland Health Service as a Health Promotion Officer, said this year’s event would add to the overall tally.
“The group of riders and the support crew who play such an important role seemed to enjoy it and we’re hopeful of continuing next year,” she said.
Ms Heath particularly thanked Mary and Les Jackson, instigators and long term organisers of the event, who provided assistance and advice as well as taking part in the ride.
Next year’s ride has been tentatively booked for the weekend of 12 and 13 November. “We have set the date early so as to encourage more people to take part and begin training and fundraising sooner rather than later,” Ms Heath added.
She may well be one – after spending her first year as organiser making sure everything went as smoothly as it had in previous years, Ms Heath is hopeful of saddling up herself next year.
Caption: One of the groups of riders included, from left, Shirley Mowat, Lorraine Duck, Mary Jackson, Julie Cowling, Jan Roberts, Pam Griffiths and Cathie Wake.

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