Tour de Depot Shepparton raises $60,000 for Very Special Kids!

24 October 2016



The Goulburn Valley community converged on Victoria Park Lake for the return of the Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton on Sunday, raising $60,000 for local charity, Very Special Kids.

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

Powercor Regional Business Manager Ian Gillingham said Powercor was delighted to have hosted the 2016 Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton.

“We recognise that our role is larger than delivering safe and reliable energy to the Goulburn Valley community. Powercor is proud to play a key part in supporting the community who are so passionate and eager about supporting each other,” Mr Gillingham said.

“We hope to continue organising events such as the Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton as our way of showing our appreciation for the local community.

“We truly believe giving back to the communities in which we operate is an integral part of what we do,” he added.

Star FM breakfast radio duo Jess and Tommy were ecstatic to take part in this year’s event.

“We were so pumped to join in the fun with the community in support of such an important local cause,” said Jess.

“The Goulburn Valley community is so enthusiastic and generous, it was an honour to come together with Powercor to support Very Special Kids,” Tommy added.

The 10km and 20km course wound its way through Shepparton’s key landmarks and iconic locations before reaching the family-fun festivities at the Victoria Park Lake finish line. The community festival featured activities for the whole family including carnival rides, face painting, market stalls and more.

Very Special Kids CEO Michael Wasley was humbled by the support the charity received through the Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton.

“Supporting regional families is a key component of our work as an organisation and the support we received from the local community was astounding,” Mr Wasley said.

Jenni Coldwell, Very Special Kids Shepparton Family Support Practitioner said, “The funding from the Powercor Tour de Depot Shepparton will allow us to continue to support local people, during the tough and challenging times they face with services such as counselling and advocacy.

“We currently support 51 families with a life threatening condition in the Goulburn Valley community and this funding will help these families and others immensely,” she said.

Fundraising dollars are still being accepted through the Go Fundraise website.

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