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Autumn Classic raises over $230,000

On Friday 21 May, Melbourne’s cycling community came together for the return of the Autumn Classic.

The competition was fierce and the fundraising result extraordinary with over $230,000 raised for the children and families in our care.

Fourteen teams took on six tough virtual courses, all vying to take home the perpetual cup and bragging rights!

Congratulations to Grupetto who took out the win with riders Tom Curtain, Jamus Campbell, Ryan Bell, Ben Griffiths, Belinda Trembath and Chris Mallalue. Second and third place went to Toros A and Lowe Finance, with all teams putting in a sensational effort.

Check out the video below!

Congratulations to the highest fundraising single team, Bayside Spiders who have raised almost $33,000 and further kudos to the highest fundraising individual, Ben James from the Spiders, for raising almost $12,000, an amazing achievement.

Recognition awards were also presented to Rob Ralph and Carl Snowsill for their ongoing support in helping the Autumn Classic grow, thank you both!

The new Team Spirit award has been given to Team Toros this year for bringing so much energy to the event and getting behind what the Autumn Classic is all about – thank you!

Thank you to our wonderful event supporters – The Cycling Fix, Harry the Hirer, Novofit, Ridewiser, Domain and our fabulous MC Matt Tilley. Thank you also to the generous donors of auction items and in-kind support, and of course our team of marvellous volunteers.

It’s not too late to support the Autumn Classic, click here to donate!

We look forward to next year!

Wil’s story

“Very Special Kids makes a massive difference for us because they don’t just help the child, they help everyone in our entire family,” said Mel, Wil’s mum.

 At a routine pregnancy scan at 31 weeks, Mel was told her precious baby was going into heart failure and needed to be delivered immediately. From that moment on, Mel has lived with the fear, stress and anxiety that comes with a child’s life-limiting illness.

Her son Wil, now nine years old, has been diagnosed with multiple serious conditions throughout his short life. To name just a few, the long list includes heart issues, lung problems, leukaemia, epilepsy, and developmental delays. Every one of these requires complex medical care and limits what the family can do.

As Wil will tell you himself, he absolutely loves coming to our hospice to play fun games with our energetic team. Wil gets to enjoy just being a kid in the safety of our expert care, while his mum and his siblings can do the things that aren’t possible with Wil’s complex needs, like a spontaneous outing to the movies. It’s a much-needed break for the whole family.

Wil will turn 10 in just a few weeks’ time, a milestone experts were never sure he would reach. Each day brings new challenges and the whole family lives with ongoing uncertainties.

To leave a special birthday message and help support families like Wil’s, please make a tax-deductible donation before Wednesday 30 June here.