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Ride to support charities

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August 04, 2017

Shepparton Foodshare volunteers Sherran Mullane and Carol Merrett. Sherran has been volunteering at Foodshare for approximately 12 months and Carol for approximately four years.

Shepparton Foodshare and Inspired Carers will share in funds raised as this year’s Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton.

The local charities will share in 75 per cent and 25 per cent of money raised respectively from the September 17 event.

Shepparton Foodshare, an initiative that sources and distributes food to local schools and emergency response agencies in the Goulburn Valley area, was thrilled to join as partners this year.

Operations co-ordinator Bec Nicoll said the funds would sustain Foodshare’s operations for seven months and provide about 350000 meals to local people in need.

‘‘Along with the positive impact of providing nutritious food to those that would otherwise go hungry, the social impact of the support also flows to the more than 20 volunteers whose combined work each week exceeds 100 hours,’’ Ms Nicoll said.

Inspired Carers program manager Nicole O’Brien said the charity offered support to families and carers of children with additional care needs.

She said the money raised would fund a new program developed in response to an identified service gap for young people aged 15 to 21 with autism, ADHD and social disabilities.

‘‘As a small organisation, which works at the grass roots with families who have a child with additional care needs, we often see first-hand what would benefit local families,’’ Ms O’Brien said.

‘‘The money raised from the Tour de Depot will allow us to fill this gap and provide a service that is currently not offered in our community.’’

Powercor corporate affairs general manager Melissa O’Neill said the company was pleased the funds would go toward helping an established, non-profit organisation to make an even bigger impact, as well as supporting a start-up program, which aims to fill an identified service need.

‘‘We can’t wait to bring the Tour de Depot back to Shepparton for the third year running and hope everyone comes along to support these two important causes and to enjoy a fun day out in celebration of the local community,’’ she said.

The Powercor Tour de Depot is for cyclists of all ages and abilities and offers a 5km or 10km community ride and a timed event of 20km for more serious riders.

A community festival will be held at the Victoria Park Lake finish line, including free carnival rides, face painting and entertainment, as well as food and market stalls and a barbecue.

To register for the Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton visit www.tourdedepot.com.au

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