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Bendigo Tour of Tasmania Auction Night

Last Saturday’s Bendigo Tour of Tasmania ‘Auction Night’ at Symes BMW raised an incredible $76,000, taking the tally of funds raised by the Bendigo Tour of Tasmania to $115,000.

The 200 guests attending the auction night, and those who donated items for auction, showed incredible generosity. It is hoped that with the funds raised, Very Special Kids will be one step closer to opening an office in Bendigo to support families in the Greater Bendigo region.

Very Special Kids currently supports 28 families from the Greater Bendigo region through the Ballarat office, however, it is estimated that there may be up to 50 local families who would qualify for the services and support that are offered free-of-charge to all Victorian families.

The Bendigo Tour of Tasmania, will take place from Saturday 20 to Friday 26 of February 2016, with 20 cyclists from Bendigo riding 815kms around Tasmania. More information about the Bendigo Tour of Tasmania can be found at bendigotot.org.

Very Special Kids and the Bendigo Tour of Tasmania would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their contribution to the campaign so far:

Great Ideas Awards & Gifts
Mandurang Valley
Andy’s Earthmovers
Bendigo Insurance Brokers
Hume & Iser
Tarrant Family
Escape Travel
FeelGood Fitness
Pilcher Pty Ltd Building Contracters
Stephen & Gail Iser
Stringer’s Dairy
Bendigo City Framers
Jackman Flett & Associates
Moroni’s Bikes
Olivier Pilcher
The Golden Bean
William Adams
Rocks on Rosiland
Nourish Massage Therapies
Peppergreen Farm Catering
Ruffell Jewellers
Bendigo Dyno Tuning
Doherty’s Gym
Bendigo Travel & Cruise Centre
Building Product Supplies
Big Hill Cranes
Andy Hoare
Bendigo Hire
Black Jack Wineries
The Meadow
Bendigo Flying Club
The Foundry Hotel Complex
Diamond Vision Photography
Mitre 10
Rising Sun Hotel
National Hotel Complex
Karen Wickes
Wine Bank on View
Bike Force Australia Bendigo
Go Rubbish
Go Grass
Symes Motors
Peak Performance
Edward’s Providore
Andrew Stevenson
Simon Gerrans
Builders Arms Hotel
Mike Angove
Premix King
Darren Casey
McKean McGreggor
Bendigo magazine
Seight Custom Cycling
Bendigo Cycles
Jo Joes Pizza Bar & restaurant
Stride Events
Queens Arms Hotel
Skips on Wheels



Bendigo cyclists tackle Tasmania to help Very Special Kids

A team of 22 Bendigo cyclists are taking the challenge of cycling around Tasmania from Saturday 20 to Friday 26 February 2016, to raise more than $50,000 for Very Special Kids.

They will cover 815 kilometres and climb over 12,000 metres during the seven days of cycling.

Very Special Kids currently supports 27 families in the Greater Bendigo community, by providing 24-hour nursing care at Very Special Kids Hospice and access to family support services through the Ballarat office.

It is hoped that with the funds raised Very Special Kids will be one step closer to opening an office in Bendigo, which would cost upwards of $100,000 to operate annually.

Stephen Iser, a member of the cycling group, said they are looking forward to contributing to their community through the Tasmania ride.

“We have chosen to raise funds for Very Special Kids to try and make a difference to the Bendigo families supported by the organisation.

“These families face many challenges and are not able to enjoy many of things us in the cycling group take for granted,” he said.

The Watson family from Bendigo is one of the families that will benefit from the group’s fundraising efforts. Seven-year-old William Watson and five-year-old Hamish Watson have an extremely rare genetic condition. The brothers are two of only six cases in Australia and 60 reported cases worldwide.

The condition, Adenylosuccinate Lyase (AdsL) Deficiency, has caused severe progressive neurological damage to both boys. They require wheelchairs for mobility and suffer from daily uncontrolled seizure episodes.

Mum Natalie Watson said the boys need constant care.

“Brian and I are their arms, legs and voice. We help them with every aspect of daily living, from dressing to feeding, monitoring for seizures and turning them over through the night to make them more comfortable,” she said.

The family turned to Very Special Kids for respite care at Very Special Kids Hospice, enabling Natalie and dad Brian Watson a break from their caring duties when needed, and counselling through their Family Support Worker.

Donations to the Bendigo Tour of Tasmania riders can be made at bendigotot.org.