YMCA backs Live for 25 fundraiser

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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Triple M’s David Pettit and breakfast presenter Troy Stockden.
Camera IconTriple M’s David Pettit and breakfast presenter Troy Stockden. Credit: Kellie Balaam

The YMCA Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre partnered with Triple M Great Southern to host a Great Ride for 25 event in support of Give Me 5 for Kids.

Triple M Great Southern’s Troy for Breakfast went live for 25 hours last week as part of Southern Cross Austereo’s annual fund-raiser that helps raise money for sick children in regional Australia.

Spin bikes were set up in the centre’s foyer and for a $5 donation fee, people could book a bike and start pedalling.

The goal was to collectively ride 400km from Narrogin to Perth and back again.

Donation tins were placed around the centre so people could sponsor the riders or donate spare change.

At the end of the 25-hour event, 818.7km had been ridden and $557 raised.

Bike riders Billy Rybarczyk and Carole Kickett.
Camera IconBike riders Billy Rybarczyk and Carole Kickett. Credit: Kellie Balaam

NRLC manager Tia Sandhu said they decided to host the event as it was a good opportunity to improve participants’ fitness while raising money for children.

“Triple M approached us to do Troy Goes Live for 25 and instead of just going on air, we decided to run this event because we haven’t run any campaign events for a while,” she said.

“We could help get people’s fitness up, encourage people who don’t normally get on a bike to get involved as well.”

Participants with outstanding results included Adrian Cinnani, who rode 28.3km, the furthest distance in one hour.

Sherrie de Gruchy was the female champion, with a total of 55km, and Brendan Firman was the male champion at 57.5km.

Ms Sandu said the community participation was so successful and has plans to run the Great Ride for 25 in partnership with Triple M next year.

“It was very last minute but the success of it has been phenomenal and we’ve been very overwhelmed by the support.”

Triple M Great Southern breakfast presenter Troy Stockden said the Live for 25 was strongly supported by the listeners and they had raised an estimated $3000. He said he would do it all again.

In the past 25 years, Give Me 5 for Kids has raised more than $25 million and benefited more than 40 children’s hospital wards.

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