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Luke's back on his bike to raise funds for charity



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

20 June 2014

Luke’s back on his bike to raise funds for charity

Local credit union bcu will again be the principal sponsor of Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker’s annual charity bike ride, which was launched today.

The 300 km ride will commence in Maclean on Monday 21 July and finish in Kempsey on 23 July.

All funds raised this year will go to the Mid North Coast Disabled Surfers’ Association, Kempsey’s Macleay Vocational College and the Maclean Hospital Auxiliary.

This is the sixth year Luke has completed his charity bicycle ride. Luke thanked the bcu - formerly the Bananacoast Credit Union - for their ongoing support.

“Having a community focused business such as bcu as principal sponsor has been important to the fundraising success of the ride,” Luke said.

“They have been right behind the charity ride concept from day one, so it’s great to have their support again in 2014.

Associate sponsors for this year’s ride include McDonald’s Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads restaurants, plus HLV accountants in Nambucca Heads and Blue Ribbon homes.

bcu mascot Scoot will this year join Luke when he attends community functions during the ride.

The first day of the charity ride will see Luke start in Maclean, travel through Ulmarra to Grafton and then onto Nana Glen. The second day will be from Nana Glen to Nambucca Heads via Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour and Urunga. The third day will resume in Nambucca Heads and finish in Kempsey, via South West Rocks.

Luke said many bcu branches would be hosting morning and afternoon teas in order to raise additional funds for the three community based organisations.

“All three organisations deserve support from the community and I invite businesses and clubs to get behind the fundraising drive,” Luke said.

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“The Disabled Surfers’ Association do some great work providing people with disabilities the chance to go to the beach and get in the surf. Such activity is not only physically beneficial but it has the capacity to improve an individual’s confidence.

“The Macleay Vocational College primarily focuses on students who are at risk and who otherwise would not receive a school education. They have delivered some great outcomes for many students.

“The Maclean Hospital Auxiliary also does a fantastic job supporting the local hospital.”

bcu Chief Executive Officer Lyndon Kingston said the credit union was delighted to support the charity ride.

“bcu is proud to have been a foundation sponsor of Luke’s charity bike ride and we again welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our support as he and his team embark on the 2014 ride.

“With bcu present in many of the communities through which Luke will ride, we welcome any opportunity to assist in raising funds to benefit some worthy, not-for-profit organisations.

“And as an active employer and contributor to our region, bcu is committed to supporting youth, education and a healthy lifestyle and we wish Luke and his team all the best for the ride.

“We would like to encourage the community to get behind Luke and this worthwhile cause and give generously,” Mr Kingston said.

Anyone who wishes to support the ride should contact Luke’s office on 66 526233. Donations can be made electronically by transferring to the DSA/MVC at the bcu BSB704328 and account number 222737.