MORE than $30,000 was raised for prostate cancer support services at the inaugural Great Murray River Postie Challenge.
The three-day event, from Friday to Sunday, saw 27 people ride Honda 110s around areas in the Campaspe, Murray River, Moira and Gannawarra shires.
Organiser Dick Phillips from the Horizon Committee said the ride was about much more than just the dollar figure.
‘‘It is about raising awareness and the need for blokes to get out there and look after their health,’’ he said.
‘‘We were lucky with the weather and it was a great opportunity to showcase what Echuca-Moama has to offer.
‘‘We enjoyed fabulous hospitality and of course the fantastic ride on the PS Hero.’’
Mr Phillips said the primary reason for the challenge was to raise funds to support prostate cancer services.
‘‘The money raised is a great kick start to buying the biopsy equipment we are aiming for,’’ he said.
‘‘We had a lot of local riders who had never been on some of the tracks we went down so it was nice to highlight some unknown places in our towns.’’
The Horizon Committee organised the event in conjunction with the Male Bag Ride Foundations and Mr Phillips is already looking to the next challenge.
‘‘After the success of this year’s event we are aiming to hold another postie challenge in February of 2019,’’ he said.
‘‘I have to thank all our sponsors and the hospitality businesses who hosted us along the way.
‘‘This was a huge opportunity to showcase Echuca-Moama while raising some money for charity.
‘‘Horizon Committee has been involved in fundraising for cancer support services since 2004 and raised more than $1.6 million, mainly through the Murray Charity Meander and Echuca-Moama’s Biggest Ever Blokes lunch.’’