$65,000 raised for charities in Shepparton

18 September 2017

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The Goulburn Valley community converged on Victoria Park Lake for the return of the Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton on Sunday, raising $65,000 for local charities, Shepparton Foodshare and Inspired Carers.

Over 200 cyclists jumped on their bikes for the community ride, with hundreds more turning out to cheer on their fellow riders.

In the competitive 20km time trial, Nicholas Squillari was the fastest male, taking out the time trial in 29 minutes, 17 seconds, while Anna Davis was the fastest female to cross the line in 32 minutes, 6 seconds. Both were awarded a $500 cash prize.

Powercor General Manager Corporate Affairs, Melissa O’Neill said the turn out to the community festival was the best ever with hundreds flocking to Victoria Park Lake for a great day of fun in the sun.

“Powercor is proud to play a key part in supporting the community who are so passionate about supporting each other.

“This is the third year we have held the Tour de Depot in Shepparton and is just keeps getting better.

“We truly believe giving back to the communities in which we operate is an integral part of what we do and we’re thrilled to be able to help our two charities make a difference,” Ms O’Neill said.

Shepparton Foodshare Program Co-ordinator Bec Nicolls said the charity was thrilled by the support received through the Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton.

“We are so grateful to Powercor and the wider Goulburn Valley community for coming out and supporting us at the Tour de Depot this year.”

“The funds we have received will keep us in operation for more than half the year, providing 150,000kg of food for people in need.” she said.

The event’s other charity partner, Inspired Carers were equally thrilled to receive their share of funds with spokesperson Nicole O’Brien saying they were now able to launch their new program “1521”.

“We’ve identified a very important need in the community for parents and carers who have children aged 15 to 21 years of age with additional needs. The funds received from the Tour de Depot will allow us to get this particular program off the ground in Shepparton and fill that need in the community, she said.”

Fundraising dollars are still being accepted. For more information about the event visit www.tourdedepot.com.au

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