The bushfires in Victoria have claimed around 200 lives and is a tragic reminder how unpredicatable bush fires can be. Some of the members of the Australian Cycling Forums have also started initiaves to raise money and support to assist victims and communities of this disaster, including auctioning a Robbie McEwen atographed Jersey.
The Victorian Bushfires captured the attention of of the entire nation and there has been an overwhelming response – even the Australian Red Cross is struggling with the demand as they record over $100 million in pledges. The support and generosity of the cycling community in the Australian Cycling Forum has been hard to miss with members asking "What can I do to help?". Here are a few examples of members who are making an extra special effort to do their part.
Forum Member Gorilla Monsoon is donating his official Robbie McEwen signed Jersey, from the 2007 Amy Gillet memorial ride in an auction run on the forum – The winner gets the Jersey and funds will be donated to the Bushfire Relief Appeal. Currently bidding is at $150 and there is still a chance to participate:
An generous fund raising initiave has been started by yet another member who will make up custom bicycle decals (stickers) for all members who make a bushfire relief donation (such as with the Red Cross)
Forum Member Fitz is also highlighting Team Alfa – a cycling team formed by the staff of Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital who ride in the Murray to Moyne cycling challenge each year to raise funds for The Alfred Burns Unit. Donations are encouraged as the funds raised going towards life a little easier and more comfortable for burns patients and their families.
When supporting, please take time to ensure that every dollar you donate is maximised. We support the member initiatives and also recommend the Australian Red Cross.