After donating to Goulburn Valley Hospice Care for the past six years, Robert Palma was personally touched by its care earlier this year.
A regular on the Bulldog Memorial Run, a motorcycle ride which raises funds for the service each year, Mr Palma’s wife received care at the facility recently.
‘‘My wife was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in January this year,’’ he said.
‘‘The Palma family would like to extend a personal thank you for the care GV Hospice gave us in January.
‘‘It’s an important role Hospice plays in the community.’’
Mr Palma and ride organiser Mark Hyland this week presented $6700 to the palliative care service from their recent run in Wonnangatta, east of Mt Buller.
Mr Hyland said they spent a weekend each year riding step-through motorbikes in the bush, which started in memory of mate Garth Wallace who died from a heart attack.
About 50 people took part in the recent memorial run with about 20 step-through bikes hitting the mountains.
GV Hospice Care committee of management president Linsday Symons said although the government provided funding for a 9am to 5pm service, the service provided care 24 hours a day.
‘‘The funds will be used to help us to provide that 24-hour care,’’ he said.
‘‘And we’ll also use it to develop our staff — which can always be challenging in regional areas.’’
Mr Symons said after being in the role for three years he had been blown away by the level of support from the community.
‘‘It’s a two-way street; we support our community and our community supports us in return,’’ he said.
The Bulldog Memorial Run has now raised more than $14500 and Mr Palma said they were always on the look-out for more members.
‘‘Even if they’ve got no inclination of riding a bike, they can come along in a four-wheel drive,’’ Mr Hyland said.
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