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 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:

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.


Bike riders churn through the kilometres during the annual bike ride from Sale to Lake Tyers and back.
Bike riders churn through the kilometres during the annual bike ride from Sale to Lake Tyers and back.

Thursday 01 December 2011
The pledges have come in for the annual funding-raising bike ride for Central Gippsland Health Service and the more than 80 participants can be extremely proud of their efforts.

The pledges have come in for the annual funding-raising bike ride for Central Gippsland Health Service and the more than 80 participants can be extremely proud of their efforts.

The ride from Sale to Lakes Tyers and back in one weekend raised $11,800, an excellent result from the various teams who raised money through sponsorship.

The annual ride that has taken place each year for nearly 20 years and this year’s ride organiser Renee Heath was very pleased with the outcome.

“There was a very enthusiastic field that took part, including the team Gippsland Audiology which raised more than $2,000.00 by itself,” Ms Heath said. “As usual the riders put in a great effort to support the Health Service, as well as enjoying the ride.
“We also want to thank the support teams who helped with catering and general support for the cyclists over the weekend.”

Cyclists tackled the 185 kilometre trip from Sale to Lake Tyers on the first day, then made the return 
journey on the Sunday.

The ride has raised well in excess of $100,000 for the Health Service since it started in the early 1990s. The money has been used to purchase a range of equipment for many areas of the Health Service, with funds from the 2010 ride going towardspurchase of portable beds for parents who need to stay overnight with their children in the Women’s & Children’s Unit.

Part of the ride History.

Pictured inspecting the new equipment are, from left, Mary Jackson, Associate Nursing Unit Manager Heather Ronchi, Les Jackson and GP Anaesthetist Antony Wong.


Added: Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Contributed by . CGHS

After 17 years, local couple Mary and Les Jackson are bowing out of their direct involvement in the annual fundraiser event for the Central Gippsland Health Service, the Sale to Lakes Bike Ride.
The Jacksons are ending their involvement as the main organisers of the ride on a high, with a donation of $12,000 which has gone towards the purchase of a new piece of equipment for the theatre.
While they will still have some involvement and are more than likely to saddle up for the next ride later this year, the couple are taking the opportunity to join the ‘Grey Nomads’ and enjoy some travel around the countryside.

Les Jackson said he and Mary felt it was time to hand over the organisational reins, although “we’ll still be around to offer some help and a bit of advice if they want it.”

The original ride was organised through the Lamplighters, a community support group for the Health Service. Mr Jackson said Mary had ridden in the early 1990s in the Murray to Moyne, a long running fund raising event from the Murray River to Moyne on the south west coast of Victoria.

“When she came back from that she thought we could do something the same that would raise funds for our hospital rather than another one,” Mr Jackson said. “The bike trail to Lakes Entrance had only recently opened then so we thought that would be a good trip.”

Nowadays the journey is from Sale to Lake Tyers, after some changes to the trail, although the length has stayed the same; around 185 kilometres on the first day and 165 on the return trip. Most people ride it as a relay event, although some hardy souls take part as individual riders.

Mrs Jackson estimates the ride has raised in excess of $100,000 since it first began, and it has not stopped yet. CGHS Health Promotions Officer Renee Heath has taken on the role of main organiser for this year’s event, which will be held in November.

The Jacksons were on hand to see the latest equipment purchase made possible by the bike ride fundraising effort and also praised the efforts of all of the volunteers who had assisted over the years. “It is not just us, there have been many people involved and it would not have happened without them,” Mrs Jackson added.

Just over $12,000, most of which raised from the 2009 event, was donated with further support from the Friends of CGHS. The item is a Glide Video Laryngoscope, a device used to view the vocal cords and airways when intubating patients in preparation for surgery.

CGHS Chief Executive Officer Frank Evans said the community should be extremely proud of the efforts of Les and Mary Jackson and the many other people who have supported the annual bike ride.
“The contribution they have made is tangible and beneficial to our patients, with equipment this like item able to be purchased for the good of the Health Service and our patients,” Dr Evans said.

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