Cycling and gin raising funds for worthy causes

VARIETY the Children’s Charity Tasmania teamed up with the Rotary Club of Claremont to raise funds for two worthy causes at this year’s Le Tour de Norfy Cycle Challenge.

Now in its ninth year, the event saw close to 100 riders from Tasmania and interstate cycle through one of three scenic courses through the Derwent Valley.

Variety Tasmania chief executive officer Mohammad Aldergham said the first-year partnership between the two organisations was very successful, with close to $5000 being raised.

“Both parties were able to contribute in different ways to ensure we delivered the best experience for the riders,” he said.

“This is a great example of how likeminded organisations in Tasmania can work together to maximise our impact and reach in the community.”

Mr Aldergham said all funds raised would go to Variety Tasmania’s programs, dedicated to giving children in need of a fair go in life and Rotary’s Mental Health Research Program.

Variety Tasmania also held one of its major fundraising events, A Variety of Gins, at the Royal Botanical Gardens in late February.

More than 200 guests enjoyed sampling a wide variety of gins from premium Tasmania gin-makers such as McHenry’s Distillery, Lark Distillery and Spring Bay Distillery.

Mr Aldergham said the event raised close to $15,000 in revenue, with the funds already being put to action.

“As a result of the fundraiser we’ve been able to grant private art classes to a little child who is suffering from anxiety and depression,” he said.

“We’re also paying dance classes for another young girl who comes from a disadvantaged background.”

Mr Aldergham said everyone who attended enjoyed the entertainment put on, such as a live auction, music by the Australian Army Band and a surprise performance of a traditional dance by the Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Variety Tasmania is an events-based charity providing support for children and families in need through grants.

For more information, visit www.variety.org.au/tas.

Caption: Marcus Bucher and Wayne Chapman, pictured top, joined nearly 100 riders in the Le Tour de Norfy Cycle Challenge recently.

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