Bike ride kicks off Helicopter Rescue Week

September 13, 2012

Forty Mountain Bike riders and support crew will kick off  Helicopter Rescue week from September 17 to 21 next week  promoting the work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Barry Walton spokesperson for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service said, “We would to say thank you to the community for the ongoing support the service has received over the last 12 years  and it’s a timely reminder that the service needs to maintain the support  into the future.”  

The IGA ‘Ride for the Chopper’, an eight day Mountain Bike ride, will start in Wee Waa on Saturday September 15 and  weave its way back to Tamworth Via Narrabri, Bingara, Barraba, Manilla and finishing back in Tamworth on September 22. 

Riders in this years event are form all over NSW and Queensland  in addition a tandem team from Tamworth Richard Newberry (who is blind) and his mate Graham Davidson will be participating for the first time and they  have been training pretty well.

Over the last 11 years the ride has  raised over $650,000 and this years target is $50,000.  You can contribute at any Westpac bank.