Riding for a worthy cause

The Shepparton community came together for the Powercor Tour de Depot – a family-friendly, bike riding event that raised $60,000 for Very Special Kids.

On Sunday 23 October, community participants started the ride at Victoria Park Lake and had the option to ride five or ten kilometres. More serious riders took part in the time trial riding a distance of 20 kilometres.

As riders crossed the finish line they were greeted by cheering crowds and joined a community festival with activities for the whole family. From carnival rides, face painting and Powercor’s Static Bike Challenge to food stalls and local entertainment, it was a fantastic, action-packed day.

One family that took part in the community ride was the Holmes family. After losing their six-year-old son Henry, the Holmes family are supported by Very Special Kids’ bereavement program and understand the importance of community fundraising events.

“I’m so thankful for all the support,” Jess Holmes said. “When Henry passed away, we not only lost our child, but we lost so much more. The one constant thing has been Very Special Kids and taking part in the Powercor Tour de Depot is our way of giving back.”

Powercor Regional Business Manager Ian Gillingham said he is thrilled with the overall result of the day. “We believe that for us to be the best we can be, we must give back to the communities in which we operate and recognise the support they provide. The Tour de Depot is our way of saying thanks.”

On behalf of the team at Very Special Kids, we wish to thank Powercor for their incredible support in helping us care for more families in the Shepparton region.