Charity partner submissions now open

13 June 2017

The Powercor Tour de Depot returns to Shepparton in 2017 with submissions now open for local charities to become the event’s official charity partner.

Last year’s event attracted hundreds of participants and raised $62,000 for local charity, Very Special Kids who provide hospice care and support to children with terminal illnesses and their families.

General Manager Corporate Affairs Melissa O’Neill said this year’s Tour de Depot was set to be bigger and better than ever and urged local charities and community groups to register their interest.

“We’re excited to bring the Tour de Depot back to Shepparton for the third year running and anticipate an even bigger turn out building on the success of previous years.

“With 100 per cent of entry fees going directly to a local cause, it is a fantastic opportunity for charities to receive much needed funds and also provides a platform to spread the word about what they do.

“At Powercor we value the important role our smaller charities and community groups play in connecting people and we’re proud to be in a position to help them achieve their goals,” she said.

Family support practitioner at Very Special Kids in Shepparton, Jenni Coldwell, says the money raised from last year’s Powercor Tour de Depot directly funded her role ensuring the 51 families in Shepparton and surrounding areas could continue using the service.

“The children that Very Special Kids support suffer from a range of different life-threatening conditions which puts a large amount of pressure on their families – this is why the work we do is so important.

“I strongly encourage charity and community groups to enter a submission. It’s both a fund raising opportunity as well as a chance to connect with the wider community and an all-round uplifting experience,” she said.

The Tour de Depot is a family friendly event open to all ages and abilities with the option to enter a community ride of 10km or 20km, or for more serious cyclists, a 20km time trial. A free community festival is held at the finish line. The event will be held on Sunday 17 September 2017.

Charity submissions open on Monday 12 June and close on Monday 26 June 2017.

For more information and to make a submission visit http://bit.ly/CharitySubmit