Warrnambool's Standing Tall named 2016 Tour de Depot Charity Partner

9 December 2015

Next year’s Warrnambool Powercor Tour de Depot will again see the community get on their bikes to band together for a local cause, with Standing Tall named the official 2016 community partner.

Created for the Warrnambool community, the Powercor Tour de Depot will see 100 per cent of entry fees going directly to Standing Tall to support local students.

Powercor Regional Business Manager Nick Rees said he cannot wait to return to Warrnambool for the second Powercor Tour de Depot to raise awareness and funds for this important local cause.

“Powercor is proud to partner with the Bicycle Network and Standing Tall to host the 2016 Warrnambool Powercor Tour de Depot,” he said.

“Last year’s Warrnambool Powercor Tour de Depotwas a resounding success, with hundreds of cyclists and spectators raising $50,000 for local charity Warrnambool & District Food Share.

“We are now pleased to be in a position to donate 100 per cent of entry fees to Standing Tall and we hope the Powercor Tour de Depot will excite the local community and assist a great organisation to raise funds to support local students in need.”

Standing Tall identifies, trains and supports community members to become mentors to young school students in Year 7 and 8.

The early intervention program is designed to identify students who are at risk of disengaging from the opportunities offered to them and provide them with the support they need.

Since 2011, Standing Tall has helped more than 110 at risk students in Warrnambool to gain further education.

Currently operating at Warrnambool College and Brauer College, Standing Tall hopes the Powercor Tour de Depot will help provide the funding required to support the inclusion of more local schools in the program and increase mentor and mentee numbers to more than 60.

Matty Stewart of Standing Tall said the organisation is honoured to have been chosen as the 2016 Powercor Tour de Depot charity partner.

“We are really excited to be a part of this incredible community event in 2016. To have the three biggest schools on board our wonderful program would be an incredible feat and something that could only be made possible through the Powercor Tour de Depot,” Matty said.

“For every student who drops out of school, it costs the Government $28,000 each year to support them. Standing Tall provides students with the support they need when they are at their most vulnerable.

“We also provide much needed food, clothing and general welfare for our students.”

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Peter Hulin said the Powercor Tour de Depot is a highlight event in Warrnambool.

“We’re excited for the return of the Powercor Tour de Depot and congratulate Standing Tall on this incredible opportunity,” he said.

Standing Tall does great things for the community and we encourage everyone to get involved and support this important local cause.”

Returning to Warrnambool on 10 April 2016, the Powercor Tour de Depot is designed for cyclists of all abilities and all ages and offers a 10km ride through Warrnambool’s town centre and a timed event of 20km for more serious riders. At the Lake Pertobe finish line, there will be a community festival including rides, face painting, market stalls and a sausage sizzle.

Entry fees are $5 for children, $15 for adults and $35 for a family of four. For those participating in the timed event, their families will also gain free entry into the community participation ride.

In addition, the Powercor Tour de Depot is partnering with charity fundraising website GoFundraise to allow people to take their contribution one step further. Once registered, participants can establish their own GoFundraise page that will allow family, friends and the community to sponsor riders and raise additional funds for this important community charity.

To register and be part of Warrnambool’s 2016 Powercor Tour de Depot, visit: www.tourdedepot.com.au